Typhoon Rammasun-triggered flashfloods kill 3 in northern Vietnam

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Flashfloods triggered in the aftermath of typhoon Rammasun have killed at least three people in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son by Sunday morning.
The bodies of Vi Van Sang, Nguyen Van Phu and Hua Van Duc, all men, were recovered in the morning.
Bac Thi Mau, a 60-year-old local woman, is still missing in a similar accident.
Rainfall of between 157 to 416 mm has caused widespread flooding in Lang Son,considered the worst in the province in six years.
More than 12,000 houses across the province were flooded or collapsed, forcing 3,000 families to evacuate to safer grounds.
Thousands of hectares of rice, corn and other fields have been submerged. Flooded markets also left more than 600 vendors out of business.
Power outages happened in several villages and roads connected to them were also damaged.
Seven electric poles were felled and some cattle wept away.
Military units in the province have been deployed to help residents cope with the flooding and fix damaged roads and houses. Water in the province’s largest river Ky Cung has been rising above alarming levels.
The typhoon, which is the second to hit Vietnam from the East 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.
Casualties in southern China, which was battered on the typhoon’s route to Vietnam, have risen to 18, and in the Philippines 77.

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