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19 injured after Storm Vamco makes landfall in central Vietnam

19 injured after Storm Vamco makes landfall in central Vietnam

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 15:50 GMT+7
19 injured after Storm Vamco makes landfall in central Vietnam
A classroom of an elementary school has its roof blown away due to Storm Vamco in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

A total of 19 people were injured and nearly 6,000 houses had their roofs blown away after Storm Vamco made landfall in central Vietnam last weekend, the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported on Monday.

Vamco, the 13th storm hitting Vietnam in 2020, made landfall in the north-central province of Quang Binh on Sunday, packing wind speeds of 65-90km per hour, before weakening into a tropical depression.

The storm injured 19 people, including eight in Quang Binh, seven in Quang Tri, three in Quang Nam, and one in Da Nang.

Most of them were wounded while reinforcing their houses to protect them from heavy rain and strong gusts.

Six houses collapsed during the storm, while 5,755 others had their roofs blown away.

Most of the affected houses were recorded in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

The storm also caused problems along the 110KV power line in Da Nang and broke 17 utility poles in Quang Tri.

Nearly 290 communes and wards in the region had to cut power supply to ensure safety for local residents.

Rising sea level and strong waves damaged 540 meters of embankment, and resulted in erosion along 38.95 kilometers of riverbank.

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