Tropical storm Haima that wrecked havoc in the northern and central regions of the country on June 24 has claimed at least 10 lives.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said the storm became a tropical depression on the afternoon of June 24 before coming to Nam Dinh and Thanh Hoa province. It caused torrential rains and flooding in many urban areas in the northern region.

According to initial report of the central province of Thanh Hoa, four people were killed by lightning in thundershower and whirlwind on June 23 and 24.

The storm submerged and unroofed 70 houses, damaged 1,700m of dykes and swept away 165 ha of aquaculture. Total losses are estimated at around 260 billion VND.

In the meantime, the northern province of Nam Dinh reported that four people were killed by lightning by 9 p.m on June 24.

The Nghe An Flood and Strom Prevention and Control Steering Committee said that the storm killed one person and left two others missing in the province.

Storm Haima pulled down, submerged, unroofed 1,280 houses in the central province of Nghe An as well as damaged 4,167 ha of rice and 1,177 ha of industrial crops, and 1,790 ha of maize and six reservoirs and three suspended bridges in the locality. Total losses are estimated at more than 210 billion VND./.