Several dead in Vietnam storm

Tropical storm Mindulle hits north-central coast, causing evacuation of thousands.

    About 4,000 homes have been damaged and 62,000 hectares of rice fields had been flooded [EPA]

    Evacuation

    An estimated 74,000 people residing in high-risk coastal areas were evacuated before the storm hit, Nguyen Huu Nhung of Nghe An, a disaster official in Vinh, the Nghe province capital, said.

    Officials in Ha Tinh province, south of Nghe An, said more than 14,000 people had been evacuated from coastal villages.

    In total 4,000 homes have been damaged and 62,000 hectares of rice fields had been flooded, according to the government.

    Mindulle blew roofs from buildings, and knocked down trees in Vinh.

    The storm caused the damage after strengthening over the South China Sea, reaching winds of 117km per hour.

    Meteorologists said Mindulle would dissipate later on Wednesday, and it has been downgraded to a low depression.

    The third tropical storm of the year made landfall Tuesday afternoon in Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.