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Typhoon hits hard in mountainous provinces

Update: July, 22/2014 - 08:31
Residents in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai pass the flooded Trat River in Bao Thang District. Typhoon Rammasun hit the province over the weekend, leaving many local infrastructure systems destroyed. — VNA/VNS Photo Luc Van Toan
HA NOI (VNS) — Landslides caused by Typhoon Rammasun killed seven people from Nang Don Commune yesterday, including a 10-day-old child.

Two people from Son La and Lai Chau provinces are still missing.

The reported deaths occurred in northern mountainous Ha Giang Province's Hoang Su Phi District.

Rescue teams discovered the body of the victims after a 12-hour search.

The deaths raised the the total of typhoon fatalities to 22 people in seven northern mountainous provinces.

Five people were killed in Lang Son, five in Lai Chau, three in Lao Cai, one in Cao Bang and one in Bac Kan.

The typhoon also injured one person in Bac Kan.

A report from the National Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Prevention and Control yesterday said that the typhoon blew down 164 houses, partly wrecked 358 houses and inundated another 5,900.

The report said landslides also blocked traffic on many provincial roads and national highways.

Floods rise in north

Rains from the typhoon raised water levels in the Cau, Da, Luc Nam, Lo, Thao, and Thuong rivers to high alert levels.

Prolonged torrential rain over the weekend submerged crops near the Lo River in Ha Giang Province.

On Sunday night, the Ha Giang hydrographic station recorded the river water level at 101.33 metres, 33 centimetres higher than the second highest alert level.

Provincial authorities said they were mobilising forces for any emergency situations.

Northern mountainous provinces, especially, Lai Chau and Lao Cai, have been put on high alert for flash flood and landslide, said the National Centre for Hydro-meteorology Forecasting. — VNS

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