A 35-meter television tower collapsed in Quang Ninh Province when Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall on Tuesday evening. Photo: Nguyen Tuan
At least 11 people were killed and nine others were injured after Typhoon Kalmaegi slammed into northern Vietnam on Tuesday evening, the National Committee for Search and Rescue said Thursday.
Two landslides caused by the rain occurred in Lang Son Province’s Dong Dang Town early Wednesday morning, killing seven and injuring six others.
The first landslide occurred at 1:15am while 11 workers at a private construction company were sleeping in a makeshift tent near a bus station.
It was raining hard when the landslide occurred. Six workers died on the spot. Five others were injured.
The victims were pulled out of the rubble following a gruelling one-hour search.
The second landslide occurred at 3am in a rural village in Dong Dang, killing a five-month-old baby and injuring Lam Thi Ngoc, her 31-year-old mother.
At around 6am on Wednesday, Nong Thi Bao Xuyen, a nine-year-old girl in Lang Son’s Binh Gia District, was swept away by waters and drowned as she waded across a flooded stream in her village.
Colonel Luong Dinh Khai, the chief commander of Lang Son Province Military Command, said local authorities had warned people of the increased risk of landslides in the two spots where they occurred, but local residents did not relocate to safer places.
In Hanoi, a married couple named--Nguyen Khac Hien, 42, and Vu Thi Nhung, 33--were electrocuted to death at around 11:30pm on Tuesday after torrential rains and strong winds triggered by Typhoon Kalmaegi severed an electrical grid that goes through Phu Xuyen District’s Quang Trung Commune.
Nghe An Province also reported one death and three injuries.
Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall in Quang Ninh Province on Tuesday evening. Torrential rains and strong winds triggered by the storm sank three fishing boats, collapsed six houses and blew the roofs off 145 others.
As many as 30 eletric poles and a 35-meter television tower collapsed and two transformer stations burned down. More than 5,200 hectares of paddy and other crops were submerged by flood waters.