Typhoon Conson leaves one dead, 16 missing in Vietnam

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As of Monday, Typhoon Conson had killed one person, injured three and left at least 16 missing at sea in northern and central Vietnam, the National Committee for Search and Rescue reported.


The only death recorded so far was a woman who was swept away while swimming at the Hai Hoa beach in the central province of Thanh Hoa before the storm made its landfall Saturday night.


All the missing people were from the central province of Quang Ngai and lost at sea near the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands, according to Truong Ngoc Nhi, vice chairman of the Quang Ngai People's Committee.


The East Sea's first storm this year has also damaged 628 houses in the northern city and provinces of Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. It sank 43 boats in Quang Ngai and HaTinh provinces, the National Steering Committee of Flood and Storm Control reported.


Big trees were uprooted and electrical wires broken in Hanoi, creating traffic chaos in the capital city.


Before making landfall in Vietnam, the typhoon had hit the Philippines and China, killing 68 and two people respectively, AP reported.


The newssource also quoted the Philippines' National Disaster Coordinating Council as saying that another 84 people were missing.


Meanwhile, another tropical low pressure off the Philippines had strengthened into a storm named Chanthu on Monday, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).


Director NCHMF Bui Minh Tang said it was not possible to tell if the the second storm to hit the East Sea this year will affect Vietnam or not.



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