People wade through floodwater on Bridge 14, part of National Highway 26 in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, on November 4 morning, when storm Damrey hit the central coast (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Typhoon Damrey, the 12th storm to hit Vietnam this year, killed 44 people and left 19 others unaccounted for as of November 6 morning.

The typhoon levelled 1,358 houses, damaged 114,866 homes and flooded 5,296 hectares of rice and 14,849 hectares of vegetables.

More than 1,200 fishing vessels were either sunk or ruined while over 24,400 aquatic breeding cages were damaged.

On November 6, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung visited the central coastal province of Quang Nam – one of the hardest hit localities - to direct the flood response. 

The official earlier visited several localities in Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces to inspect the damage caused by the typhoon and direct relief efforts.

On November 5, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent a message asking all authorities and agencies to quickly repair the damage caused by the typhoon.

The Standing Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee decided to allocate 3 billion VND (132,000 USD) to the hardest hit regions.

The Vietnam Red Cross Society released emergency aid, including money and essential goods valued at nearly 1.1 billion VND (48,257 USD) to help the provinces of Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Dak Lak.

Typhoon Damrey made landfall on November 4 morning with winds of up to 135km per hour. The hardest hit regions include the south central provinces of Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen and Binh Dinh, the Central Highlands provinces of Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong, and the central provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang city.-VNA