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1 | Vietnam The Mekong's Fatal Floods More than 160 people have died in northern Vietnam as a result of what is being called the worst flooding in a century. Two weeks of heavy rainfall swelled the Mekong River and its tributaries, causing mudslides and inundating homes and rice paddies throughout Southeast Asia. At certain points of the Mekong--a 2,700-mile (about 4,350 km) waterway that runs from China through Laos, Cambodia and southern Vietnam before reaching the South China Sea--water levels surged as far as 45 ft. (about 14 m) above the river's dry-season lows. Meanwhile, in Burma, which is still...

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