Typhoon Kills 5, Injures 1

Typhoon Lekima has left five people died or missing and one injured, caused 20 bad road accidents involving 93 people, and destroyed or damaged 49 small ships and motor vehicles.

Thousands of houses are submerged in floodwaters

Vietnam’s fifth storm of the year brought heavy rain to the central provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Nam, and raised the tidal level of the Gianh River to an alarming seven meters.

In Nghe An, an estimated VND105 billion worth of infrastructure and farm produce was lost when Lekima tore through the province.

Things were no better in Quang Binh, where thousands of homes were flattened and dozens of fishing ships sunk. In Quang Ninh District, local people’s committee chairman Le Huan said heavy flooding had submerged 2,500 houses and isolated thousand of residents.

Traffic in Quang Tri province has been disrupted by dozens of severe landslides, bringing motor transport in most districts to a standstill.

Down south, the annual flooding in the Mekong Delta is worse than usual and putting thousands of lives at risk. Three children have drowned in the raging floodwaters and 628 families are waiting to be evacuated from low-lying areas. 

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By Staff Writers – Translated by Khanh Hong

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