Storm Vamco hits Vietnam

Storm Alert

STORM Vamco barrelled into Vietnam, damaging buildings and injuring at least 19 people, as the death toll in the Philippines climbed to at least 67.

The storm made landfall on Sunday morning with reported winds of up to 90 kph, uprooting trees and blowing the roofs off houses and schools.

According to the latest report from Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, at least 19 people suffered injuries.

Vamco is the latest in a series of storms that have pummelled Vietnam over the past six weeks, causing flooding and landslides that have killed at least 159 people and left 70 others missing.

Vamco has weakened since hitting the Philippines as a typhoon with winds of up to 155 kph, but state media said it had still caused significant damage.

Pictures showed restaurants in the tourist hotspot of Hoi An – a Unesco world heritage site – ripped apart by the storm, and huge trees uprooted in the old imperial city of Hue.

Authorities evacuated nearly 650,000 people from seven coastal provinces to higher and safer ground before the storm hit, but on Sunday warned of the danger of landslides triggered by the heavy rains.

The storm also damaged embankments and caused landslides along them at many rivers and beaches, including 13.3km in Quang Tri province.

Ministries, sectors and localities were asked to continue keeping a close watch and to stand ready to respond to natural disasters, especially flooding and landslides.

The storm had also destroyed electrical wires and poles, causing power outages in 177,000 households in Quang Binh.

More than 110ha of perennial trees in Bo Trach district were also destroyed.

Households who were relocated to avoid the storm had also returned home and those in the area at risk of landslides had been relocated to temporary houses.

The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting warned that the northern and central region would continue seeing heavy rain.

Courtesy of thestar.com.my

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