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Storm Wutip kills 5, injures 159

Update: October, 02/2013 - 14:00
Storm Wutip killed at least five people and injured 159 others in the central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue, while two people remain missing.— VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau

DA NANG (VNS)– Storm Wutip killed at least five people and injured 159 others in the central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue, while two people remain missing.

This was the latest update in a report issued this morning by the Storm and Flood Prevention and Rescue Centre's Central and Central Highlands Office.

The office said about 360 houses had collapsed, 3,500 were flooded and a further 160,000 had their roofs blown off. Up to 8,500 ha of rice and other crops were destroyed in the storm.

The total cost of the damage is estimated to be around VND4.9 trillion (US$232 million).

According to the office, 13 out of 69 nearby reservoirs overflowed due to heavy rains triggered by the storm in central and central highland provinces.

In central Nghe An Province this morning, local rescue teams discovered the body of the provincial Industry and Trade Department's deputy director Nguyen Tai Dung. The official was swept away by floods last night while driving to deliver instant noodles and bottled water to flood-affected locals.

The National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said the provinces of Nghe An, Binh Dinh and northern parts of central highland provinces had been put on high alert for floods and landslides. – VNS

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