updated 7/6/2009 6:52:11 AM ET 2009-07-06T10:52:11

The government says the death toll from landslides and floods in Vietnam's mountainous north has risen to 22.

Thirteen other people are still missing after the heavy rains that struck on Friday night.

The Central Committee for Floods and Storms Control said on its Web site Monday that authorities have recovered seven more bodies bringing the toll to 22.

The committee said the landslides and floods destroyed or damaged more than 500 houses and hundreds of acres (hectares) of rice fields.

Vietnam is prone to floods and storms which kill hundreds of people each year.

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