Storm leaves dozens dead in Vietnam

Thousands left stranded in Thai resort islands as ferry services are halted.

    Workers clean up a tree that was felled
    by Durian in Vietnam on Tuesday

    The Thai meteorological department said Durian, still packing winds of 50kph, was to make landfall in the southern provinces of Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat on Wednesday. 
    Strong winds and waves as high as 2 to 4 metres are expected in the Gulf of Thailand, with small boats advised to stay ashore.
    Forecasters said Durian would spare Malaysia but strong winds were expected to hit parts of the country.
    The storm struck the Vietnamese coast on Monday night and Tuesday with 120kph winds.
    Nguyen Sinh Hung, the deputy prime minister, called on officials to "expand their efforts to continue to rescue and find missing people" and "mobilise military police and the youth union to help".
    Vietnam's national flood and storm control centre said in a report on Wednesday that Typhoon Durian killed at least 48 people in four south-central provinces of Binh Thuan, Ba Ria Vung Tau, Ben Tre and Vinh Long.
    It said 49 people were missing and that 433 were injured.
    Durian, the ninth storm to hit Vietnam this year, damaged or destroyed 120,899 houses and sank 696 fishing vessels, the report said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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