Typhoon Rammasun-related fatalities rise to 17 in northern Vietnam

By Phan Hau, Thanh Nien News

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At least 17 people were killed and three others missing due to flashfloods, landslides, house collapse and other accidents caused by the depression triggered from typhoon Rammasun as of Monday morning in the northern highlands.
Landslides in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang have left seven people dead by Monday, local authorities said.
Besides three men who were killed by flashfloods Sunday, officials in Lang Son Province said another person was killed while fixing a house damaged during pounding rains. Four other locals were injured in similar accidents.
Lighting fatally struck three people who were hiding from the rain in Lao Cao Province Saturday. Three others were hospitalized with injuries.
Rockslide killed on person in Thai Nguyen Province.
Flood water fatally wept away Dang Van Minh, 13, in Cao Bang Province, and Nguyen Le Tuyen, 24, in Lai Chau Province when the latter drove his motorbike across a stream.
Rammasun, which is the second typhoon to hit Vietnam from the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) this year, made landfall in Quang Ninh Province Saturday morning. No casualties were caused upon its arrivals but it has poured down heavier rains as moving to the northeastern Vietnam and reduced to a depression.
Widespread landslide and massive flooding have been reported across the region.
The swift rise of water gave many families only time to save themselves but not their assets.
Hoang Kim Dao, 48, a tea vendor in Lang Son, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper she just stored up more than VND10 million (US$471) worth of tea and it’s all wet now. Vietnam's per capita income of less is still less than $2,000.
Dao still put on a worn face from running overnight from the flood, considered the worst in the province in six years.
Officials in Lang Son, where many roads have been submerged by one to three meters, said more than 6,000 houses and 2,000 hectares of paddy fields were flooded, and many roads eroded.
Material damages are likely to cost up to a million dollar, they said.
Houses were also collapsed in other provinces due to flooding or hit by landslide.
Rammasun left some 100 people dead in the Philippines and China on its route to Vietnam.

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