Mindulle death toll climbs to 11 in Vietnam

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As of Thursday, at least 11 people have been killed and 72 have been injured by typhoon Mindulle in Vietnam.


The Typhoon, the third to hit the East Sea this year, made landfall late on August 24 in Vietnam's central coast, according to the National Committee of Search and Rescue.


Nghe An province lost six residents while Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces reported two and three dead, respectively.


Before calming on Wednesday, Mindulle destroyed over 64,500 hectares of rice paddies between Quang Ngai and Thanh Hoa.


Over 47,000 houses, meanwhile, were damaged and 34 boats were sunk, the committee said.


Mindulle also brought a whirlwind to Hanoi's Me Linh District Wednesday, injuring five people, according to Le Thanh Hai, vice director of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).


The adjacent province of Hung Yen also suffered Tuesday, Hai added. It was estimated that 20 local students and teachers were injured as a whirlwind toppled more than 3,000 trees and trashed over 300 houses.


In July, Typhoon Conson, the first storm of the season, left at least one dead in Vietnam after killing 68 in the Philippines.


In the meantime, NCHMF Thursday said that a low pressure zone hovering over the Pacific has strengthened into a tropical depression which will upgrade into a storm within the next one to two days.


Another low pressure zone has been recorded near the Philippines' Luzong Island and is heading for the East Sea, the center said.

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