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VIENNA, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen sharply criticized Britain's approach to Brexit under Prime Minister Theresa May.

In an interview with the Austria Press Agency published on Friday, Alexander Van der Bellen said, there presently exist "100,000 open questions to clarify."

He pointed out that numerous issues concerning personal profit, such as the pensions of British citizens living in the European Union (EU), have not yet been answered. There has "not one single compromisable proposal" from the May administration, he said.

The president added the Brexit is nonetheless to be accepted, though it serves as a "wake-up call" to the rest of the EU.

He also referred to the nationalist rhetoric of far-right politicians such as Geert Wilders of the PVV party in Holland and Marine Le Pen, the president of the National Front in France, as "completely unrealistic."

Earlier this month, Britain's EU envoy Tim Barrow informed the office of European Council President Donald Tusk of Britain's intention to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on March 29, nine months after the country voted to leave the bloc.

However, except for finally settling on the date to formally start the Brexit negotiations and that Britain wants a "hard Brexit," the British government has so far given little clue about how it will proceed with what could be more than two years of talks.

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The Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention said authorities were trying to avoid further flooding, particularly around the city of Da Nang, where the meeting of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders is being held.

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As much as 1,700 millimeters of rain was recorded at one weather station in the week to Monday.

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Particular efforts were being made to avoid flooding around Da Nang because of the APEC meetings which began on Monday, it said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among leaders set to join the main meeting on Friday and Saturday.

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Waters in the streets rose to head height at the weekend although they had subsided somewhat by Tuesday.

The storm hit a key coffee-growing region of the world's biggest producer of robusta coffee beans near the start of the harvest. But farmers in Daklak, the heart of the region, said the damage was limited.

Floods killed more than 80 people in northern Vietnam last month Solomon Thomas 49ers Jersey , while a typhoon wreaked havoc in central provinces in September. The country of more than 90 million people is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline.

The country has reported at least 240 people dead or missing in floods and landslides since the beginning of the year.

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