Typhoon Vamco weakens to depression; rain to continue

By Dieu Hien, Thanh Nien News

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Strong winds knock down motorbikes riders on a bridge in Da Nang City on Monday. Photo: Dieu Hien 
Typhoon Vamco, the third tropical storm that has hit Vietnam this year, weakened after bringing strong winds and heavy rain to central provinces on Monday evening.
The storm blew through Da Nang on Monday morning, and hit Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Strong winds and rain uprooted trees and billboards on many streets in Da Nang. A number of motorbikes and bicycle riders were also knocked down.
Flooding was unleashed, causing landslides and traffic disruption in several mountainous areas in Quang Nam. No major damage has been reported. 
Due to torrential rain and strong winds, more than 200 tourists were stranded on Ly Son Island, a popular tourist spot in Quang Ngai, as local authorities banned ships and boats. 
Air carriers Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific were forced to delay and cancel 27 flights from and to affected provinces on Monday.
Vamco weakened at around 9 p.m. on Monday. But the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Center said heavy rain will continue in all over the central region until Friday this week.

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