Sunday, November 05, 2017

Typhoon Damrey death toll rises to at least 27 in Vietnam

Typhoon Damrey
The death toll from a typhoon that has hit central and southern Vietnam has risen to 27, just days before the region is due to host the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.

Typhoon Damrey, the 12th major storm to hit Vietnam this year, made landfall yesterday with winds of up to 90km/h that damaged more than 40,000 homes, knocked down electricity poles and uprooted trees.

The state's Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention said 27 people were now counted dead and 22 were missing.

It said 626 houses had collapsed entirely in a trail of destruction that has forced the evacuation of more than 30,000 people.

Heavy rain and high winds lashed the coastal strip this morning.

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