7 dead, 4 missing as typhoon Kujira hits northern Vietnam

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A flooded street in Son La, the capital city of Son La Province, on Wednesday. Photo credit: VnExpress  
At least seven people died and four others were reported missing as storm-triggered torrential rains hit the northern mountainous province of Son La on Wednesday evening, news website VnExpress reported.
Typhoon Kujira, the first tropical storm to hit Vietnam this year, made landfall in Quang Ninh Province and Hai Phong City at noon on Wednesday.
The typhoon did not directly cause casualties and much material damage to these localities, but brought torrential rains to nearly all northern provinces, especially flash floods in mountainous provinces.
In Son La, seven people died and four were swept away by flash floods, and yet to be found. The rainfall was measured at 219 mm at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Many districts in Son La were submerged in water.
As many as 23 houses were also wiped out by flood waters. The floods also eroded a number of roads, causing traffic congestion.
Typhoon Kujira has weakened into a depression, but heavy rains will still occur in northeastern provinces until Thursday, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Center.

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