Dok­suri leaves trail of de­struc­tion in Vietnam

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Ha Tinh: Shaken res­i­dents in cen­tral Vietnam are piec­ing their homes and busi­nesses back to­gether af­ter a pow­er­ful typhoon ham­mered large swathes of coast and killed at least four peo­ple.

Typhoon Dok­suri tore through Vietnam on Fri­day af­ter­noon, re­duc­ing struc­tures to piles of de­bris and knock­ing out elec­tric­ity and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in sev­eral prov­inces, in one of the worst storms to hit the coun­try in years.

Res­i­dents woke up yes­ter­day to the wide­spread de­struc­tion in nor­mally idyl­lic coastal com­mu­ni­ties pop­u­lar among beach­go­ers.

“I sat in­side my house cov­er­ing my ears, I didn’t dare leave as I was so scared,” Mai Thi Tinh, whose restau­rant in Ha Tinh prov­ince was com­pletely de­stroyed, said.

“The power is still off so we can’t do any­thing. I don’t know how long it will take to re­cover.”

At least four peo­ple were killed and eight in­jured, ac­cord­ing to Vietnam’s Disas­ter Man­age­ment Author­ity.

Some 123,000 homes were dam- aged and trees and power lines were torn down in five hard-hit prov­inces, the disas­ter agency said.

“The wind was so bad that I hid un­der the bed. I’m old but I’m afraid of death,” 70-year-old re­tired teacher Tran Ngoc Khang said in Ha Tinh.

Prime Min­is­ter Nguyen Xuan Phuc vis­ited the hard-hit prov­ince yes­ter­day to sur­vey the dam­age.

“We have to quickly mo­bilise forces to re­pair houses and dam­aged schools.

“We have to en­sure peo­ple can get back to nor­mal life,” he said on staterun Vietnam Tele­vi­sion.

Nearly 80,000 peo­ple were evac­u­ated as the storm bore down while the gov­ern­ment de­ployed a quar­ter of a mil­lion troops and a fleet of ve­hi­cles and ships.

It has al­ready been hit by se­vere weather this year, with 140 peo­ple dead or miss­ing in nat­u­ral dis­as­ters since Jan­uary.

Fore­cast­ers warned of a risk of flood­ing and land­slides as the storm swept through cen­tral and north­ern Vietnam, bring­ing with it heavy rains.

— AFP

Bro­ken toy: Two boys play­ing at a de­stroyed restau­rant in Ky Anh town in Ha Tinh prov­ince.

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