Three dead, two missing as typhoon Gaemi hits central Vietnam

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Typhoon Gaemi has left at least three persons dead and two another missing after striking central Vietnam Saturday night.

On Sunday morning, rescue workers in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak found the body of Nguyen Thi Anh Tram, an 18-year-old girl, who was swept away the previous night while crossing a local stream on a bridge.

They also found the body of Nguyen Thi Thuy, 35, swept away while picking coffee at a local farm.

Two people from the nearby Quang Nam Province were still missing after a similar accident.

Also that morning, police in Da Nang recovered the body of a man in his thirties, found earlier floating in flood water. Police are working to identify the victim.

Local authorities estimated that nearly 600 houses were flooded by the typhoon's heavy rainstorms, as were 210 hectares of paddy fields and 245 hectares of gardens.

The typhoon was the seventh formed off Vietnam's coast this year. It caused massive rainfalls of between 155 mm and 318 mm across several central provinces.

Rains thinned Monday morning, but many hydropower reservoirs in the area are discharging water and river levels are still rising.

Before the typhoon arrived, 5,137 families in flood-prone areas had been evacuated to safe ground. A further 64 households were removed from dangerous areas on Sunday.

The year's sixth typhoon, Tempin, passed by Vietnam in the East Sea in late August. It had little impact on the country.

But that was just one week after typhoon Kai-Tak killed 27 people in landslides and flash floods in northern Vietnam, damaging more than 11,700 houses and flooding nearly 23,000 hectares of rice paddies.

In July, typhoon Vicente left nine others dead and missing in the north.

Pakhar, the year's first typhoon, hit Ho Chi Minh City in early April and killed two people in neighboring provinces.

Two subsequent storms, Talim and Doksuri, dissipated in the East Sea in June and caused no casualties in Vietnam.

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