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Typhoon Rammasun lashes northern Vietnam

On the morning of July 19, typhoon Rammasun hit Mong Cai city in northern Vietnam with heavy rain and strong winds after it slammed neighboring China’s Hainan island at mid-afternoon on Friday.

A woman drives her motorcycle under heavy rain and strong winds brought by typhoon Rammasun as it lashes Mong Cai city on July 19, 2014.
A woman drives her motorcycle under heavy rain and strong winds brought by typhoon Rammasun as it lashes Mong Cai city on July 19, 2014.

Beginning at 3 am today, the typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to Mong Cai, the capital city of Quang Ninh province.

At 8 am, the storm’s eye was located 20km north of the city and caused gusts of winds up to 88kph.

The typhoon caused power outages in the whole city. It also blew down dozens of trees and caused widespread damage to many local homes.

However, no major damage has been reported, according to Dang Huy Hau, head of the Quang Ninh Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue.

Hau, who is also deputy chairman of the Quang Ninh People’s Committee, added that some 27,000 local people in risky areas had been evacuated ahead of the storm.

Typhoon Rammasun has been blamed for at least one human death in China as it made landfall on the country’s Hainan island on Friday afternoon. According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, a man died in the town of Wengtian after being struck by debris when his house collapsed in the storm.