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Death toll in typhoon Rammasun’s wake rises to 24 in northern Vietnam

Downpours, floods and landslides resulting from typhoon Rammasun that hit northern Quang Ninh Province last Saturday have claimed 24 lives in several provinces in northern Vietnam, local authorities reported on Monday.

Downpours, floods and landslides resulting from typhoon Rammasun that hit northern Quang Ninh Province last Saturday have claimed 24 lives in several provinces in northern Vietnam, local authorities reported on Monday.
Downpours, floods and landslides resulting from typhoon Rammasun that hit northern Quang Ninh Province last Saturday have claimed 24 lives in several provinces in northern Vietnam, local authorities reported on Monday.

Of the death toll, seven were in Ha Giang Province, six in Lai Chau Province, five in Lang Son Province, three in Lao Cai Province, and one each in Cao Bang Province, Bac Kan Province and Son La Province.

The deaths in Ha Giang were caused by a terrible landslide that occurred in Nang Don Commune, Hoang Su Phi District, on Sunday.

Among the victims was a 10-day-old baby who had yet to be named, local rescuers said.

Meanwhile, the three deaths in Lao Cai were caused by lightning, local authorities reported.

The disasters following typhoon Rammasun have also caused great loss in property in several northern provinces, according to the Central Steering Board for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control.

In Son La, 136 hectares were ruined, seven lamp posts collapsed, more than 300 meters of canals and ditches were destroyed, and many roads were damaged, among other devastations.

By yesterday, the total loss was estimated at around VND2 billion (US$94,000), local authorities said.

In Lai Chau, many inter-commune roads were destroyed due to flashfloods and heavy rains, causing serious traffic congestion.

In Dien Bien Province, more than 100 hectares of rice and many ponds of fish were ravaged by the severe flooding, many irrigation works and canals were submerged, and more than 30 families had to evacuate to safe places.

In Bac Kan, about 70 houses were damaged and 170 hectares of crops were devastated by mass landslides, which released tens of thousands of cubic meters of soil and rock.

In addition, many electric and water supply systems as well as telecommunication networks were damaged.

In Lang Son, more than 6,000 houses were flooded and over 2,000 hectares of rice were ruined. Many roads were damaged, causing a loss of billions of dong (VND1 billion ~ $47,000), local authorities said.

In Ha Giang, many areas endured not only flooding but also landslides, which devastated many roads leading to the border gates with China, affecting the transport of goods from Vietnam to its northern neighbor.

In Quang Ninh, where the typhoon swept through last Saturday, nearly 100 households lost their roofs and many others were cracked or knocked down during the typhoon.

Total damage was estimated at VND2 billion ($94,000), but there were no fatalities.