Death toll from Vietnam's fresh floods rises to 19

Vietnam's government says eight additional bodies have been recovered after the latest round of flooding in the country's central region, raising the death toll from this week's flooding to 19.

The government's disaster agency said on its website Thursday that the floods also have left six people missing.

It said rains up to 32 inches (80 centimeters) have pounded the region over the past four days, forcing the evacuation of nearly 40,000 people.

The agency said the floods have begun receding after submerging nearly 30,000 homes and damaged 35,000 acres (14,000 hectares) of rice paddies and other crops.

The area, one of the country's poorest, was buffeted by three earlier rounds of flooding since early October that killed 167 people.