HANOI, Vietnam (AP) _ Nearly 1.4 million people are going hungry in Vietnam because of floods and drought over the past few months, a newspaper reported today, citing a government report.

Most of those affected were in northern and central Vietnam. Some 840,000 people have been left destitute in 15 provinces, according to a Labor Ministry study, the People's Army newspaper reported.

The government has allocated $2.7 million to help those affected.

Five floods hit the central region in November and December, killing more than 300 people and causing $110 million in damage, a huge amount for one of Vietnam's poorest areas.

Drought now has set in for central and northern Vietnam as rainfall declines. Water levels in rivers and reservoirs are low.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has estimated that nearly 1.8 million people in northern and central Vietnam are short of potable water.