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Typhoon Damrey: 44 Dead, 22 Missing, 40,000 Houses Damaged

Vietnam’s coastal provinces were battered by devastating Typhoon Damrey during the weekend.

On Saturday, Typhoon Damrey – 2017’s 12th storm to hit Vietnam – careened inland, bringing about flooding, destruction and widespread power disruption in several provinces in central Vietnam, according to Tuoi Tre.

Damrey wasn’t as powerful as Doksuri, which decimated the country’s poorest localities in September. However, this time the typhoon's trajectory swept through Thua Thien-Hue, Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan provinces, which have never experienced a calamity on this scale.

Video via Tuoi Tre.

The typhoon made landfall during the early hours of November 4, accompanied by strong winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour. It spent nine hours in Vietnam, damaging 40,000 homes, uprooting trees and knocking down utility poles.

At the time of writing, the Vietnam Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention had recorded 44 fatalities and 22 people missing. Six hundred and twenty-six houses in various provinces were obliterated and some 30,000 residents had to be evacuated.

Flooding also caused a 30-kilometer-long tailback on the stretch of the north-south highway that passes though Thua Thien-Hue Province.

The aftermath of the typhoon in Nha Trang. Photos via Zing.

Hoi An was severely flooded. Photos via Zing.

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