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Powerful Typhoon Doksuri kills 5 in Vietnam

Staff Writer |
Five people have been killed and a dozen were injured by the effects of Typhoon Doksuri as it made landfall in Vietnam on Friday.

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According to the first reports, a total of 1,300,000 people have been impacted mainly in the province of Ha Tinh, where as many as 23,000 houses lost their roofs and electricity and communication services were harshly ravaged.

A dozen villages were flooded - villagers had been evacuated to safe places - and in the city of Ky Anh, where Typhoon Doksuri's eye passed, up to the four fifths of houses, schools and hospitals were also hammered and damaged.

According to press reports, the province of Nghe An was also seriously affected by this natural phenomenon. Rushing waters were mowing down everything.

Local authorities have warned that the rising level of water is dramatically increasing and threatens the safety of a dam in Quynh Luu district.

In the coastal town of Cua Lo, a popular beach tourist resort, most of villagers have been evacuated.

In Thua Thien-Hue Province, as many as 1,500 villagers of Hai Thanh province also had to be evacuated to safe places after the waters eroded much of a sea-dock.

Even though Typhoon Doksuri is downgrading, it is not over. Meanwhile, central government and locals are making their best efforts to scale down damage.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, rainfall could still cause unprecedented increases in river flows and large floods.

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