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Vietnam's death toll from Typhoon Xangsane rises to 59, four still missing

Vietnam's death toll from Typhoon Xangsane rises to 59, four still missing

Floods triggered by heavy rains submerged tens of thousands of Vietnamese homes Wednesday in the aftermath of Typhoon Xangsane, which killed at least 169 people in Vietnam and the Philippines, officials said.
Vietnam's toll from the storm, which slammed into the country's central coast on Sunday, rose to 59 killed and four missing. The Philippines, which bore the brunt of the storm last week, reported 110 dead and 79 missing, as officials in both countries continued to tally the casualties and assess the damage.
In the central Vietnamese port city of Danang, 22 people were killed and four were missing, said disaster official Huynh Van Thang. Officials previously had said 26 people were killed by the typhoon, most by collapsing homes.
Another 14 people were killed in neighboring Quang Nam province, eight in Ha Tinh, four each in the provinces of Nghe An, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue, and three in Quang Binh province, disaster officials in these provinces said.
The damage is estimated at 10 trillion dong (US$625 million; euro496 million), according to the National Floods and Storms Control Committee.
Some 15,000 houses were destroyed and 244,000 others were damaged in nine affected central provinces, the committee's report said.
Students had to stay at home as most schools in Danang were damaged by the typhoon, Thang said. Authorities hoped to reopen the schools by the weekend.
Although rains had stopped on in most central provinces by Tuesday, heavy rains continued Wednesday in the provinces of Ha Tinh and Nghe An, unleashing floods that caused some of the newly reported deaths, officials said.
Phan Nguyen Tung, a disaster official in Ha Tinh province, said rivers in the province are still rising slowly and are expected to peak Thursday.
Nearly 10,000 homes were submerged, many in up to 3 meters (10 feet) of water, he said.
The national government announced it will provide 1,500 tons of rice and 50 billion dong (US$3.1 million;


Updated : 2021-06-25 15:46 GMT+08:00