Thursday 22 August 2019

Vietnamese death toll from Typhoon Damrey climbs to 89

Residents wade through flooded streets in the town of Hoi An (AP)
Residents wade through flooded streets in the town of Hoi An (AP)

The death toll from a typhoon that struck Vietnam's south-central coast last weekend has risen to 89 with 18 still missing, the government said.

Typhoon Damrey caused extensive damage ahead of this week's Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit that will be attended by leaders from around the world, although meetings that start on Wednesday in the central city of Danang will not be affected.

However, the ancient town of Hoi An, a 30-minute drive away, was badly flooded and it remains unclear whether scheduled visits on Saturday by the spouses of Apec leaders will go ahead.

An official from the National Committee for Search and Rescue Operations said soldiers, police, militiamen and villagers have been mobilised to search for the missing.

Those who died were killed by collapsing houses, washed away by floods or drowned in capsized ships.

The official said the storm injured 174 others.

Weather forecasters said water levels in most rivers in the region were declining, but the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said parts of a main highway were still covered with up to a metre of water, disrupting traffic.

The disaster agency said the government has ordered relief aid worth £33 million for the typhoon's victims.

It was the second natural disaster to hit the south-east Asian country in a month. About 75 people died and 28 were reported missing in several northern and central provinces last month by flooding triggered by a tropical storm.


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