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Storm claims scores of lives
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Storm claims scores of lives

The Saigon Times Daily

Troops help fishermen salvage a fishing boat in the south-central province of Phu Yen. Tropical Storm Damrey sank 104 fishing boats in Dong Hoa, Tuy An and Song Cau in Phu Yen Province- PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Tropical Storm Damrey, the twelfth to strike Vietnam this year, has left at least 27 people dead and 22 others missing in south-central and Central Highlands provinces by 7:00 a.m. on November 5, according to local media reports.

The storm, the strongest in 16 years, killed 16 people in Khanh Hoa Province, three in Binh Dinh, three in Lam Dong, one in Dak Lak and four at sea although thousands of people were evacuated to safety before it made landfall.

News reports said 529 houses were destroyed and 28,000 others unroofed and that more than 100 ships sank when the storm made landfall on the morning of November 4.

In addition, hundreds of electricity poles and trees were struck down by strong winds.

According to the Border Guard Command, Binh Dinh had not been able to contact two people on board a vessel trapped near the eye of the storm. The province had dispatched vessels to the area for a search and rescue mission.

Widespread power outages were reported in Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces, Binh Dinh Province, and three districts of Dak Lak Province.

The storm caused landslides. A section of National Highway 1D in Binh Dinh Province and a section of Ho Chi Minh Highway in Quang Nam Province got stuck.

State agencies said the storm paralyzed rail, air and sea traffic in the region. According to statistics of local airlines, dozens of flights to and from Nha Trang, Quy Nhon and Tuy Hoa were canceled.

Vietnam Airlines grounded 32 flights from Hanoi, Danang and HCMC to Cam Ranh, Dalat and Hue on November 4 alone. Low-cost air carrier Vietjet delayed or cancelled 22 flights from Hanoi and HCMC to Cam Ranh, Quy Nhon, Tuy Hoa and Chu Lai. The two airlines operated more flights on November 5 to transport stranded passengers.

Vietnam Railway Corporation has stopped service on many sections of the North-South railway passing through Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen and Binh Dinh provinces as fallen trees, sign posts and power poles have obstructed the railway.

About 1,500 passengers on six trains and six cargo trains have been forced to stay at stations such as Dieu Tri, Phong Thanh and Nha Trang. All passengers are provided with free meals until they resume their journeys.

Railway authorities have put SE6 and SE22 trains on hold at the Saigon Railway Station in HCMC and the SQN1 train is waiting at the Quy Nhon Station until the damaged and blocked parts of the railway are cleared. 

The Prime Minister has told urge local authorities to search for missing people and ensure safety for rescuers. He assigned leaders of the storm-hit provinces to take prompt measures to cope with the aftermath of the storm.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on November 3 visited some localities in Khanh Hoa and worked with local government over measures to deal with the consequences of the storm.

HCMC authorities evacuated thousands of people in coastal areas and on islands to safety but the city was spared despite sparse rain and cloudy weather.

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