By August 19, up to 27 people lost their lives and some 15 others were
reported missing or injured after tropical storm Kai Tak hit northern
Vietnam three days ago, according to the National Committee for Search
The storm also destroyed 116 houses and
ripped the roofs from nearly 6,000 houses. It submerged nearly 23,000 ha
of rice and subsidiary crops and more than 1,300ha of aquaculture
products. Landslides occurred in many national and provincial highways
in Phu Tho, Lao Cai and Ha Giang provinces.
Mountainous northern Yen Bai was the hardest-hit province, with five
deaths, one missing and nine injured. Nearly 6,800 houses were damaged
or destroyed when the storm swept through the province early August 18.
Affected localities have intensified cleaning efforts,
mobilising various forces to clear roads blocked by landslides and
In Hanoi , two death and two injuries
were reported. Nearly two hundred trees fell down while roads in some
areas were eroded. Rains averaging from 25-50mm caused waterlogging in
many places, resulting in traffic jams.
On August 18,
the National Committee for Search and Rescue found a fishing vessel from
central Binh Dinh province with seven fishermen on board, which was
floating offshore due to technical problems, and pulled it to a safe
area. Another vessel from central Quang Binh province with six fishermen
on board was rescue on August 19.
The National Centre
for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said that although the storm, the
fifth of its kind in the East Sea this year, has weakened into a
low pressure system and is dissipating, it will nevertheless continue to
cause heavy rain during the next few days. Localities are advised to
provide updated information to residents and make emergency preparations
in advance. Flash floods and landslides may occur in northern
Meanwhile, Electricity of Vietnam is working on repairing the electric grids and transformer stations damaged by the storm.-VNA