Haima death toll climbs to 19 in Vietnam

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Floods and heavy rains triggered by the Haima typhoon in the northern region of Vietnam have killed at least 19 people as of Sunday, according to the national floods and storms control agency.

 

The latest victim was a Chinese worker who was swept away by floods in Ha Giang province, said the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention.

 

Two others of the victims were killed in a whirlwind that hit Hai Phong City Thursday and left 60 others injured.

 

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Haima, which strengthened from a tropical depression in the East Sea earlier last week and entered Vietnam coastal waters Friday night, has also left seven others missing in Yen Bai, Quang Ninh and the central province of Nghe An.

 

Meanwhile, thousands of houses, and tens of thousands of hectares of rice and crops have been damaged across the region.

 

The tropical storm weakened Friday after entering coastal waters off Hai Phong City and Ninh Binh Province.

 

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