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Typhoon Rammasun racks up massive $5.9m damage bill

Update: July, 23/2014 - 08:43
Typhoon Rammasun killed seven people and left one injured in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. Initial losses in the province have been estimated to be more than VND16 billion (US$761,900). — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Long

HA NOI (VNS) — Typhoon Rammasun has dealt a massive VND125 billion (US$5.9 million) blow to Viet Nam's northern region, an official damage report released yesterday said.

The storm wreaked havoc across more than 4,200 ha of food and rice crops, and caused more than 750 houses to collapse. Almost 6,000 other properties were inundated and 110 power lines were destroyed, said the report.

The death toll from the massive typhoon is now at 27; among them 3 infants and 5 teenagers. Two others remain missing and two people have been injured.

The National Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Prevention and Control said the fatalities had resulted from deadly floods, lightning and landslides that occurred during the storm.

The landslides have caused traffic jams on National Highway No 279 in northern mountainous Son La Province since Saturday. Dozens of heavy trucks have remained at a standstill for four days, while local agencies are still working to clear the roads.

In Dien Bien Province, director of the provincial Transport Department Nguyen Dinh Giang said traffic jams on National Highway No 12 were cleared by 2pm yesterday after a massive three-day effort by emergency teams. The heavy traffic accumulated after heavy floods engulfed a section of the highway from Sunday morning.

In Lang Son Province, medical teams began spraying chemicals to sterilise areas affected by the storm.

Head of the Lang Son City's Preventive Medicine Division Nong Anh Tuan said the chemicals were being distributed in every commune and ward and that local medical staff would instruct residents on how to use them.

Typhoon Rammasun, which made landfall over Quang Ninh Province last Saturday, is the second tropical storm to hit Viet Nam from the East Sea this year. — VNS

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