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Hagupit death toll rises in northern Vietnam

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2008 at 7:50 am

Hanoi (VNA) – Typhoon Hagupit, which battered Vietnam on September 25, had claimed another seven lives in the province of Bac Giang by 16:00 local time on September 26, after Son La reported two deaths earlier in the day.

Heavy rainfall and accompanied flooding have reportedly destroyed hundreds of homes, submerged thousands of hectares of rice and other food crops and caused massive landslides in northern provinces , including Bac Kan and Hung Yen.

As a result, widespread electricity outages have occurred across large areas of the region while telecommunications and traffic connections have been disrupted.

Damages have been estimated at billions of Vietnamese dong.

Heavy rainfall has swollen rivers in the area, prompting province authorities to rush to evacuate people in areas of high risk of landslides to safer places. Efforts are also being made to fortify dykes, rivers and dams against the risk of flooding as well as to fix damaged roads to reopen them to traffic as soon as possible.–