90 Vietnamese killed in natural disasters this year

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Tourist stranded on the National Highway 4D from Lao Cai Town to Sa Pa due to landslides triggered by a typhoon in August. Photo: Duc Hoa Tourist stranded on the National Highway 4D from Lao Cai Town to Sa Pa due to landslides triggered by a typhoon in August. Photo: Duc Hoa

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A total of 90 people have been killed in natural disasters in Vietnam so far this year as experts say extreme weather conditions are becoming harder to predict.
Deadly storms and the subsequent floods and landslides also injured 223 people and damaged 1,600 houses nationwide between January and August, according to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam.
More than 200,000 hectares of rice, 50,000 hectares of other crops and 19,000 hectares of fishery farms were affected.
The total damage has been estimated at nearly VND9 trillion (US$404 million) so far.
Three typhoons hit Vietnam in August alone, mostly battering the country’s northern and central regions. Last year there were 17 typhoons in total.
Hoang Duc Cuong, director of the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, said there could be fewer, but stronger storms this year.
“What has happened so far points to a very tough year overall with unpredictable weather conditions, stronger storms and higher temperatures,” he said.
According to the center, the northern mountainous region will see heavy rains and strong winds during the upcoming the National Day (September 2) long weekend.

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