Storm uproots 20 trees, kills 1 in Vietnam capital


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Around 20 trees uprooted by heavy rain and wind in Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon blocked a number of critical streets and killed a local taxi driver.

The one-hour rainstorm broke open around 6 p.m. yesterday, cutting power and sending 60-72 km/h winds through a number of central neighborhoods.

A one-meter diameter khaya tree crushed a taxi as it drove down Hung Vuong Street near Mai Xuan Thuong garden. The driver, Nguyen Huu Dan, died at the scene; his two passengers were both rushed to the hospital.

Two fire trucks were mobilized to the scene to clear the road.

Aside from the 20 fallen trees, scores of traffic lights, metal roofs and billboards were blown down in the gale force winds, striking many motorbikers and cyclers as they made their way home. 
Several cars were reportedly crushed by the uprooted trees, luckily no additional injuries have been reported.

At the same time yesterday, a boat rowing on the capital’s Tay Lake has turned over in heavy rains and winds, killing one and causing the missing of another.

The two ill-fated were among a six-member group that had rented three boats to travel on the lake earlier in the afternoon.

The other two boats decided to return after it began to rain, while the rest kept rowing to the other side of the lake and turned over soon later.

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