Typhoon Damrey leaves 47 dead, 21 missing

November 06, 2017 - 14:34

The death toll from Typhoon Damrey climbed to at least 47 people while 21 others were still missing on Monday morning.

Two women go by boat due to inundation, triggered by typhoon Damrey, in central Quảng Trị Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Bằng Nhiệm
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The death toll from Typhoon Damrey climbed to at least 47 people while 21 others were still missing on Monday morning.

On Monday morning, workers found the bodies of three victims after a landslide buried nine people on Sunday night in Quảng Nam Province’s Đàn Nước Village. Two people are still missing and four others have been saved. The landslide was triggered by prolonged heavy rains.

Due to the typhoon, which made landfall on the south central provinces on Saturday, inundation has been reported in many areas, including Quảng Nam Province’s Hội An Ancient Town and Đà Nẵng City’s Hòa Vang District.

Local administrations of the two localities are working hard to evacuate residents to a safe place.

Students of some schools in Hòa Vang District were allowed to stay home due to inundation on Monday.

The latest update from the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control on Monday morning showed that the typhoon had led to the collapse of 1,358 houses in Quảng Ngãi, Khánh Hòa, Bình Định and Phú Yên, as well as Gia Lai, Đắk Lắk, Đắk Nông and Lâm Đồng. Khánh Hòa reportedly suffered the most from the typhoon.

The committee’s data showed that the roofs of 114,886 other houses were blown off by the typhoon’s strong winds. The typhoon also damaged over 20,000ha of crop and hundreds of kilometres of roads in the affected provinces.

After making landfall in Việt Nam, the typhoon weakened into a tropical low-pressure system and entered Cambodia.

Flood and landslide warnings

The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting on Monday morning warned that water levels in the rivers of Vu Gia – Thu Bồn, Kôn and Đắkbla were still rising.

The centre also warned that inundation would continue hitting the districts of Phú Lộc, Phú Vang, Hương Trà and Huế City in Thừa Thiên-Huế Province, districts of Đại Lộc, Duy Xuyên, Điện Bàn, Hội An Ancient Town in Quảng Nam Province, districts of Nghĩa Hành, Mộ Đức, Tư Nghĩa, Châu Ổ Town, in Quảng Nam Province, Quảng Ngãi City in Quảng Ngãi Province, districts of Vân Canh, Hoài Nhơn, and Quy Nhơn City in Bình Định Province.

In the meantime, the mountainous areas of Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngãi, as well as Bình Định, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, and Đắk Lắk have been put on high alert of landslides.

Heavy rains are forecast over central provinces from Hà Tĩnh to Quảng Ngãi between Monday and Wednesday due to impacts of a cold spell combined with wind disturbances. — VNS