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Storm Wutip wreaks havoc across central VN killing 3

Update: October, 02/2013 - 08:31
A collapsed antenna tower crushed a car in central Quang Nam Province after being toppled by Storm Wutip. The storm ravaged central areas ranging from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue, damaging thousands of buildings in the region. — VNA/VNS Photo Vo Thi Dung

THUA THIEN HUE (VNS)— The strongest storm that hit Viet Nam in six years, Storm Wutip, has claimed three lives and left 35 injured.

The storm ravaged central areas ranging from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue, damaging thousands of buildings in the region.

Yesterday morning, three reservoirs burst due to heavy rain in Tinh Gia District of Thanh Hoa Province, submerging thousands of households in up to two metres of water.

In Ha Tinh Province, three people were injured and around 1,545 houses were damaged, while a total of 1,190 hectares of agricultural crops were lashed.

In Quang Tri Province, 17 people were injured and 3,710 buildings were damaged. Around 12,912ha of commercially grown trees, cassava, chilli peppers, orchards and vegetables were also destroyed by the storm; with around 500ha of shrimp farming, 74 electricity poles and 1km of dyke land disheveled in the abusive weather conditions.

Thua Thien Hue estimated damages around VND25 billion (US$1.2 million), asking Government support in delivering coastal erosion solutions, infrastructure repairs and supplies to storm-hit areas.

In the province, the storm left two people injured, 374 damaged buildings, 249ha of agricultural crops destroyed, and 15 electricity poles uprooted, while causing severe land slides in 220ha of aquaculture land and a 44km stretch of riverbank.

Quang Binh sustained the heaviest damage as the storm eye passed through the province. Three people were killed when an antenna tower collapsed, while 13 others were injured. Around 90,000 buildings collapsed and had their rooves blown off by the severe weather conditions.

Around 10,000ha of trees were uprooted while 40 boats in the coastal areas sank and sustained heavy damage.

The National Meteorology and Hydrology Forecast Centre warned heavy rains threatened the provinces stretching from Thanh Hoa to Quang Tri, with a high risk of flooding.

In Quang Binh, high water levels rose in local rivers, while the local People's Committee demanded relevant departments to urgently repair power lines and closely monitor local areas, to prevent hunger and homelessness after the storm.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai yesterday visited the storm-affected areas in Quang Binh. He encouraged locals to bounce back from the storm to continue daily life and production.

Hai also urged local authorities to give urgent support to victims of the storm.

Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) in the provinces is working hard to supply power to residents. — VNS


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