Storm lashes central Vietnam

Lekima heads for Laos after killing three and displacing thousands along central coast.

    Lekima blew off roofs and toppled utility poles [AFP]
    The Voice of Vietnam radio station said the full extent of the damage was not yet known.

    Toll expected to rise 


    Vietnam's department of floods and storms control said a 13-year-old boy drowned in Quang Ngai while trying to anchor his family's boat.


    Vietnamese authorities evacuated
    hundreds of thousands of people [Reuters]

    It said a man in Quang Nam province drowned when his boat capsized in a river.


    Another death was reported in Quang Tri province and a person was reported missing in the northern province of Thai Binh.


    "The casualties are expected to rise as losses from coastal areas which were worst hit by the typhoon have not been reported," Le Duc, a spokesman for the department, said.


    The authorities evacuated about 400,000 people in several low-lying areas in the central provinces, issuing warnings about possible landslides and flash floods.


    Vietnam faces up to 10 storms a year, causing millions of dollars in damage and sometimes killing hundreds of people a year.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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