Typhoon causes wide­spread de­struc­tion in Viet­nam

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HA TINH: Shaken res­i­dents in cen­tral Viet­nam were piec­ing their homes and busi­nesses back to­gether on Saturday 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 on Saturday 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,” she said.

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

Some 123,000 homes were dam­aged 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,” re­tired teacher Tran Ngoc Khang said in Ha Tinh.

— AFP

Sol­diers re­move de­bris in Ky Anh town, in the prov­ince of Ha Tinh on Saturday, a day af­ter Typhoon Dok­suri made a land­fall to the coun­try’s cen­tral coast.

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