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Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – October 18

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 08:59 GMT+7
Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – October 18
A resident travels on a boat in a flooded neighborhood in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, October 17, 2020. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Here are today’s salient news stories:

Society

-- Two imported COVID-19 cases, including an Indian expert and a Vietnamese citizen returning from Myanmar, were recorded in Vietnam on Saturday evening. The country’s tally is now at 1,126, with 1,031 having recovered and 35 deaths.

-- About 22 soldiers are feared buried after a landslide hit a house in Huong Hoa District in the north-central province of Quang Tri at 1:00 am on Sunday, provincial authorities reported.

-- The funeral of 13 soldiers and officials, who were killed in a mudslide while on their way to rescue workers of Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant following another landslide in central Thua Thien-Hue Province, was organized on Sunday morning.

-- Many residents in north-central Quang Tri Province posted their request for help to Facebook on Saturday night and early Sunday morning after flooding triggered by prolonged downpours submerged multiple houses and caught many people off guard.

-- Torrential rain that has lasted over the past two days has resulted in serious inundation in many central provinces, especially Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, and Quang Nam. In Quang Tri, water levels in the Ba Long River has reached a historic height.

-- Rain, flooding, and landslides in central Vietnam have killed at least 61 people and left four others missing as of Saturday evening, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported.

Business

-- Vietnam's gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to reach US$340.6 billion this year, making it the fourth-largest economy in Southeast Asia, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) World Economic Outlook.

-- Japanese global apparel retailer UNIQLO has officially opened its third store in Hanoi at AEON Mall Long Bien, located in the namesake district in the capital.

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