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Typhoon Kirogi causes substantial damage in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong

Typhoon Kirogi causes substantial damage in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong

Monday, November 20, 2017, 15:07 GMT+7
Typhoon Kirogi causes substantial damage in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong
A utility post is knocked down in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Heavy rain and strong winds brought about by this year’s 14th recorded storm on Saturday evening have left some 149 houses without roofs and uprooted hundreds of trees in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 9 and Thu Duc District.

Multiple utility posts were also knocked down, causing problems to power supply in several neighborhoods.

Residents are still struggling to resume their daily lives as household appliances and other valuables have been damaged by the rain.

Le Thanh Liem, vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, and leaders of both districts have directed support toward affected citizens.

In Binh Duong Province, two houses have collapsed while nearly 100 others have had their roofs blown off.

Di An Town and Dong Hoa Ward have suffered the heaviest damage.

Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of the Di An People’s Committee, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the affected residents had been moved to safer areas.

Typhoon Kirogi, the 14th to his Vietnam this year, headed toward the south-central region on Saturday, packing winds of 60-75 kilometers per hour.

The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression before making landfall on Sunday.

Kirogi followed Typhoon Haikui and the destructive Typhoon Damrey within only two weeks.

Damrey, this year’s 12th storm, claimed hundreds of lives while leaving 25 missing and 197 injured.

The roof of a house blown off in Linh Xuan Ward, Thu Duc District.
The roof of a house blown off in Linh Xuan Ward, Thu Duc District
Several tenanted rooms in Thu Duc District are completely unroofed.
Several tenanted rooms in Thu Duc District were completely unroofed.
A resident reacts after his belongings are soaked and damaged by rain.
A resident reacts after his belongings were soaked and damaged by rain.
It’s difficult for commuters to travel on the streets following the storm.
It is difficult for commuters to travel on the streets following the storm.
Countless trees are broken by strong winds.
Countless trees were broken by strong winds.
A tree with all of its branches torn off.
A tree with all of its branches torn off
Specialized units move tree trunks out of the street.
Specialized units move tree trunks out of the street.
A man in Binh Duong Province fixes his home after the storm.
A man in Binh Duong Province fixes his home after the storm.

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