Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam with winds, rains

In the neighbouring province of Quang Binh, a man fell to his death when he tried to reinforce his house, while 10 people were injured by falling trees or debris, a disaster official said, adding that another 50,000 homes were damaged with mostly tin roofs blown away.

Vietnam on Thursday ordered tens of thousands of people to evacuate its central coastal area as Typhoon Doksuri closed in, with officials predicting the storm could be the most powerful in a decade.

The whole province was blacked out as authorities cut off power ahead of the storm. A television tower in Ha Tinh province collapsed. “The focus is on evacuation of homes remaining to ensure security of all”, announced minister of agriculture, Nguyen Xuan Cuong.

National authorities also reported that over 8 900 people were evacuated, over 1 089 houses were damaged and more than 34 000 people are affected in Regions III, NCR and CALBARZON. The typhoon is expected to weaken before dissipating in northern Laos early Saturday.

“It looks awful, worse than war time”, said Tran Thi Hong, principal of the Ky Xuan 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”, she said.

Four fishing boats sank as they were making their way back to land, state radio said.

Around 40 flights were canceled between the capital, Hanoi, in northern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City, the commercial hub 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.

Ngo Van Hien, 38, was swept away trying to cross a swollen stream on Thursday morning. Rice farmers had rushed to gather in what they could before Doksuri struck.

Vietnam has already been hit by severe weather this year, with 140 people dead or missing in natural disasters since January, according to official figures.

Last year, tropical storms and flooding killed 264 people in Vietnam and caused damage worth ND40 trillion ($1.75 billion), almost five times more than in 2015.

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