Kai-Tak kills three then calms down in northern Vietnam

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An uprooted tree presses on a taxi cab in Hanoi Friday, killing the driver.

Typhoon Kai-Tak, the fifth storm formed off the coast of Vietnam this year, took at least three lives as it hit the north and felled trees Friday night before becoming a low pressure Saturday morning.

As the typhoon swept northern provinces, trees were uprooted and  electric wires also fell, causing electrocutions that killed two people in Son La Province at around 7 p.m.

An uprooted tree of around 25 meters fell and fatally crushed a taxi driver in his car on Lo Duc Street at around 4 p.m. in Hanoi,.

Trees also fell on other streets around the capital city, several streets were flooded and many houses lost their roofs.

The National Hydrometeorlogical and Forecasting Center said the typhoon has caused rainfalls of 185 and 187 mm in parts of the northern region, and 159 mm in Hanoi, as well as wind power of up to 25 meters per second around the region and nearby islands.

The typhoon stopped at 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

It is forecast to fully dissolve by Monday morning, but people are encouraged to be careful in the aftermath of the heavy rains.

The typhoon landed in Quang Ninh Province Friday night, causing rainfall of around 50 mm in ten minutes. The extraordinary showers continued with strong winds for more than one hour until 8:30 p.m.

Power cuts and detached roofs have been reported around the province, but no casualties were reported as of Saturday morning.

"It's lucky that strong winds came at the lowest tides. Otherwise, the sea level would rise significantly and that would be very dangerous," said Nguyen Duc Thanh, chairman of Co To Island District in the province.

Northern Vietnam was hit by typhoon Vicente last month, which left nine people dead and one missing in the northern highlands.

In early April, the country was hit by the first typhoon of the year, Pakhar, which went through Ho Chi Minh City and killed two people in surrounding provinces. Two subsequent storms, Talim and Doksuri, dissipated in the East Sea in June and caused no casualties in Vietnam.

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