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Ten killed, missing as storm Mirinae pounds northern Vietnam

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 10:19 GMT+7

As of Friday, the tropical storm Mirinae has left five people dead and five others missing in northern Vietnam, since its landfall a day earlier.

The victims are of several provinces and cities in northern region, the Control and National Committee for Search and Rescue said Friday.

The deceased hailed from Hung Yen, Ha Nam, Yen Bai, Ha Giang provinces, and Hanoi, according to the rescue agency.

Those unaccounted for includes a fisherman who went missing after his boat sank off the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, while the other four from the northern mountainous provinces of Yen Bai and Ha Giang were drifted by flood and were nowhere to be seen as of the end of Friday.

The storm has inflicted significant damage to the infrastructure of areas in the north.

“More than 600 power poles were knocked down and a substation was on fire as a result of the destruction caused by the force of the tempest,” Nguyen Van Tuynh, director of the power company in Thai Binh, one of the affected provinces, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday.

According to a report by Vietnam Electricity, the state-owned power monopoly, total blackouts were recorded in such provinces as Ninh Binh, Ha Nam, Thai Binh, and Nam Dinh while partial power cuts also happened in several other localities.

Many major power lines and medium-voltage wires were also damaged, the report said.

Twelve boats were sunk by the wind force while the roofs of 1,425 houses were destroyed. About 5,000 trees across the localities were also uprooted.

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