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Hanoi - At least 14 people, including a family of four, have been killed in floods brought on by constant heavy rain in northern Vietnam over the past week, and more rain is expected, a government agency said on Friday.

One person was missing in Thai Nguyen province, while almost 500 houses and more than 1 400 hectares of rice crops were destroyed in nine provinces, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said in a report.

Landslides and the destruction of bridges and sewage systems brought the total estimated damage to property and infrastructure to more than 40 billion dong, the committee said.

State-run Vietnam Television (VTV) reported that a family of four was killed when their car was washed away by strong currents while they were trying to cross a bridge in Thai Nguyen province.

Landslides also buried an internet cafe, killing two children, and interrupted traffic in Ha Giang province, VTV reported.