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Typhoon Rammasun: 6 dead, 3 missing

Update: July, 21/2014 - 08:49
A resident of Mai Pha Commune in the northern province Lang Son leaves his inundated house in a makeshift raft on Saturday. The flooding was triggered by typhoon Rammasun which battered Viet Nam's northern provinces and left at least six people dead. — VNA/VNS Photo Thang Trung

HA NOI (VNS) — At least six people have been killed and three more are missing since Typhoon Rammasun made landfall on north-eastern Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai City on Saturday morning.

In northern mountainous Lang Son Province, a 32-year-old man from Xuat Le Commune was swept away by floods while crossing a local stream on Saturday afternoon, with his body found six hours later.

Also on Saturday afternoon, three residents of Xuan Hoa Commune in neighbouring Lao Cai Province were also tragically killed after being struck by lightning.

A Ngoc Phai Commune man was also swept away while crossing a stream in northern mountainous Bac Kan Province, while a local man in Binh Trung Commune (Cho Don District) was seriously injured during a landslide.

Three people are still missing, including a 60-year-old woman, after being swept away by local steams in the northern mountainous provinces of Lang Son and Son La during the storm.

Initial statistics from the National Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Prevention and Control showed the storm had blown roofs off 136 houses and destroyed 9 others in Quang Ninh, Lang Son and Bac Giang provinces.

The storm also uprooted 300 trees in Quang Ninh Province.

In Yen Bai Province, torrential rains triggered by the storm damaged dozens of hectares of rice and other crops.

Torrential rains up to 201mm bashed Mu Cang Chai District between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Landslides occurring near National Highway 32 and 3 brought traffic to a standstill, reported the provincial Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue.

Authorised agencies have since resolved the build-up, the committee said.

In Bac Kan Province, hundreds of crops and rice paddies were inundated, while 36 houses sustained flood and landslide damage.

The landslides also caused traffic to accumulate along a stretch of National Highway 3B. Local authorised agencies have advised they are working to bring the situation under control.

In Son La Province, the initial damage from the storm was estimated at about VND2 billion (US$94,300).

Local authorities are working quickly to overcome the damage left by the storm and help residents resume daily activities. — VNS

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