Typhoon Noul kills 3 in Vietnam and cause economic losses up to US$175mil

  • Vietnam
  • Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

Workers clearing collapsed electric poles during the landfall of Noul tropical storm in Hue, Vietnam. The storm weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in central Vietnam causing a few deaths and injuries.The typhoon also caused economic losses of more than US$175mil - Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI, Sept 20 (Xinhua): A tropical storm known as Typhoon Noul hit some central provinces and cities of Vietnam over the past few days, leaving three people dead and 112 others injured, the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Sunday.

Three deaths were recorded in the central provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Quang Tri and Ha Tinh, while injuries were confirmed in these localities along with others including Quang Binh province and Da Nang city, said the committee.

Ten houses collapsed, nearly 22,600 people were affected, and 1,715 hectares of rice and 1,561 hectares of crops were damaged, said the committee, adding that the typhoon also washed away four bridges and broke 217 electricity poles.

From Jan 1 to Aug 22 this year, natural disasters have left 78 people dead or missing, and 156 injured in Vietnam, according to the committee.

The disasters, mainly floods, landslides and thunderstorms, also caused economic losses of over four trillion Vietnamese dong (US$175.2 million) during the period, said the committee.

On Friday, Vietnam News reported that At least one person was killed, 29 were injured and more than 1,700 houses’ roofs were blown away after Storm Noul made landfall on Quang Bình and Thua Thien-Hue provinces at around 10am on Friday morning.

The storm has since turned into a tropical low-pressure system.

At 10am on Friday, the centre of the tropical low pressure was on the land of Quang Tri and the other provinces with speeds of 40-60 km per hour and is moving westward and looks set to weaken into a low-pressure system when it reaches Laos on Friday night. - Xinhua
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