Se­vere ty­phoon pounds cen­tral Viet­nam

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS -

VIET­NAM: Ty­phoon Dok­suri tore a de­struc­tive path across Viet­nam on Fri­day, flood­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of homes, whip­ping off roofs and knock­ing out power in the coun­try’s most pow­er­ful storm in years.

One man was killed when he slipped as he was try­ing to shore up his restau­rant, me­dia said. An­other drowned in heavy rain that pre­ceded the ar­rival of the storm on Thurs­day.

Nearly 80,000 peo­ple had been evac­u­ated from Viet­nam’s densely pop­u­lated coastal strip in prepa­ra­tion for Dok­suri. Winds ex­ceeded 130 kilo­me­ters per hour, ac­cord­ing to Viet­nam’s me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal agency.

“It looks ter­ri­ble, worse than war time,” said Tran Thi Hong, prin­ci­pal of a kinder­garten in Ha Tinh prov­ince, which lost its en­tire roof in the storm. “I could just cry, it took us so long to build this school.”

Ha Tinh and Quang Binh prov­inces bore the brunt of the storm and power cuts were wide­spread af­ter the wind brought down elec­tric­ity poles along with trees and bill­boards.

In Quang Binh, some 200,000 houses had been flooded or sub­merged, 5,000 had lost their roofs and 20 had col­lapsed, said Le Minh Ngan, the vice chair­man of the lo­cal Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee.

Four fish­ing boats sank as they were mak­ing their way back to land, state ra­dio said. Many fish­er­men had dragged their small wooden boats into the streets of coastal towns to try to stop them from be­ing car­ried away. Around 40 flights were can­celled be­tween the cap­i­tal, Hanoi, in north­ern Viet­nam and Ho Chi Minh City in the south.

The eye of the storm skirted Viet­nam’s most im­por­tant cof­fee grow­ing ar­eas and the rains it brought were largely seen as ben­e­fi­cial to the trees, cof­fee traders said. Rice farm­ers had rushed to gather in what they could be­fore Dok­suri struck.

From Viet­nam, the storm was ex­pected to lose power as it headed to­ward the re­mote hills of east­ern Laos.

Viet­nam of­ten suf­fers from de­struc­tive storms. Floods in north­ern Viet­nam killed at least 26 peo­ple and washed away hun­dreds of homes in Au­gust. Last year, more than 200 peo­ple were killed in storms. — Reuters

Reuters/Kham

Water­logged: Peo­ple re­cover mo­tor­bikes from a flooded field while Ty­phoon Dok­suri hits Ha Tinh prov­ince, Viet­nam, on Fri­day.

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