Thousands of houses were blown down by Storm Kai Tak during the night of
August 17 as it changed direction and headed for the northern
mountainous provinces of Phu Tho and Yen Bai after hitting the coast in
Quang Ninh province.
At least three people have died by
early Aug 18, while torrential rains damaged hundreds of hectares of
crops and floods isolated many villages, according to the Central
Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention.
The storm, with
winds of up to 73kph, also brought heavy rains to the northeastern
region, including Hanoi, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh.
Hanoi, a taxi driver was killed when a huge tree fell on his cab in
Lo Duc Street in Hai Ba Trung district, and at least five others
injured as fringe winds hit at about 4pm on Aug. 17.
Initial reports from the State-owned Hanoi Tree and Park Company showed
that more than 80 trees, including many more than a century old, were
blown down throughout the city.
In less than half an hour,
heavy rains created flash floods about 30cm deep in many parts of the
capital city and Hai Phong, causing severe traffic jams.
After landing, the storm had weakened into a low tropical depression,
and local people have been warned to watch out for flash floods.-VNA