All students in the central city of Da Nang on October 21 returned to class after they were kept from schools by Storm Nari.

The storm, which swept through the central region on October 16, unroofed 270 classrooms, damaged a lot of teaching equipment and rooted hundreds of trees in Da Nang City, causing losses estimated at 45 billion VND (2.1 million USD).

Elementary schools in Son Tra, Ngu Hanh Son and Hai Chau districts and junior high schools in Hoa Vang district were the worst hit.

The same day, over 90 percent of schools in the central coastal province of Quang Binh resumed their normal operation after the devastating natural disaster.

In several localities such as Tan Hoa commune in Minh Hoa district, and Quang Minh and Quang Son in Quang Trach district, whirlwind and flooding swept away books and learning tools, hindering students from heading back to school.

Meanwhile, schools in Lien Trach, Phuc Trach and Son Trach communes in Bo Trach district are still inundated.

Nari, the 11 th to have hit Vietnam this year, left a trail of destruction with losses amounting to an estimated 1.5 trillion VND (71 million USD) in central coastal provinces. It killed five people and injured 49 others.

The Central Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Rescue said the storm wrecked more than 500 homes and damaged nearly 12,000 others in Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces.

More than 350ha of paddy fields and 3,284ha of other crops were inundated, while 77 fishing vessels were sunk or damaged.

The storm pulled 95 power poles, disconnecting many areas, and washed away 104,000 cubic metres of soil from irrigation areas and many concrete roads.

Da Nang and Quang Nam were heavily damaged by the storm. Initial losses were reported to be about 1.1 trillion VND (52 million USD)./