Typhoon Lekima Hits Central Provinces

 

Typhoon Lekima hit central parts of Viet Nam last night, leaving hundreds of buildings destroyed, thousands of hectares of farm produce submerged under the water, and several people injured.

Typhoon Lekima causes flooding in central province of Nghe An. (Photo: Vietnam Net)

Heavy rain hit Quang Binh Province early in the morning, destroying part of the province’s breakwater system, cutting off all electricity, and preventing 50 offshore fishermen from reaching mainland.

The storm also damaged thousands of houses and sunk two fishing boats. One resident in Canh Hoa District was injured, but no deaths were reported.

In other provinces, phone and electric lines were cut. Heavy flooding took its toll on farm produce and damaged infrastructure. Due to severe landslides on Ho Chi Minh road and other local streets, traffic in many provinces stopped completely.

 

Airline transportation in affected areas was also severed. Many flights were delayed due to bad weather, leaving 1,000 passengers stuck at the Da Nang Airport.

At the end of the day, two deaths in the central provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai were reported.

According to the National Hydrometeorology Forecast Center, in the next 14 hours, typhoon Lekima will continue to head west and weaken into a tropical depression. Central provinces will continue to suffer from heavy rain and flooding until tomorrow.

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By Staff Writers – Translated by Khanh Hong

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