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At Least 3 Dead, 100,000 Houses Damaged by Typhoon Doksuri in Vietnam

BANGKOK Ė At least three people died and over 100,000 houses were damaged after typhoon Doksuri hit the country with winds of 135 kilometers per hour and heavy rainfall, according to Vietnamese authorities on Saturday.

The deaths occurred in Thua Thien-Hue, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Control.

ASEANís humanitarian aid center estimated over 100,000 houses had suffered damages in central Vietnam, where the typhoon hit the hardest.

About 80 percent of the buildings including schools, hospitals and religious centers in Ky Anh, Ha Tinh province, were damaged, according to a local peopleís committee, according to Vietnam Net.

ASEANís humanitarian assistance center said Vietnamese authorities had resorted to preventive power cuts in large areas of the country, affecting over 1.3 million people, according to local media.

Thua Thien-Hue, the Peopleís committee officer in Nguyen Van Cao, said dams and water reserves in the province remained at acceptable levels, and had adequate food and fuel supplies in case of a prolonged impact of Doksuri.

The typhoon arrived on Friday in Ha Tinh province and, according to forecasts, was due to move west into Laos, dropping gradually in intensity.

Doksuri is the 10th typhoon so far this year in Vietnam, where natural disasters have claimed the lives of at least 140 people, according to official data.

The typhoon arrived to Vietnam from the Philippines, after leaving behind a death toll of four people and further 8 missing, besides causing floods and significant material damage.

Vietnamís Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung warned on Thursday that Doksuri could be the worst typhoon to hit the country in a decade.

 

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