Typhoon Doksuri heads to Laos, weakens to low pressure hinh anh 1The position of the storm on September 15 (Source: nchmf.gov.vn)

Ha Tinh (VNA)
Doksuri, the 10th storm arising in the East Sea so far this year, is forecast to move towards central Laos and weaken to a low pressure in the next six hours, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).

The centre reported that at 14:00 of September 15, the storm’s eye was in the Vietnam-Laos border area with winds of 60-90km per hour.

From September 14 to September 15, the typhoon, said to be the strongest in a decade, brought heavy rains to central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Ngai with rainfall of 100-200mm and even 300mm in some areas, along with gusts of up to 80-100km per hour.

In Ha Tinh, the storm caused heavy losses, especially in localities near its eye such as Ky Anh town.

An initial report revealed that more than 23,000 houses had their roofs blown out, while nine villages were submerged.

Phan Duy Vinh, Vice Chairman of the Ky Anh town People’s Committee, said that 80 percent of houses, schools and health stations were damaged.

Meanwhile, about 500 houses in Loc Ha district and 169 others in Cam Xuyen district were also unroofed, along with floods in many places.

In Thua Thien-Hue, a house collapsed and 608 others were unroofed. At the same time, serious erosion affected 700m of sea dyke in Hai Thanh village of Thuan An town and some other localities, forcing 410 households with 1,424 locals to move to safe areas.

In Quang Binh, the storm left one dead and six injured. It also destroyed 13 homes, unroofed 49,155 houses and flooded 1,500 others. More than 1,000 hectares of rubber trees were also damaged, while many streets were blocked by flood.

Total loss in Quang Binh is estimated at nearly 1.8 trillion VND (79.21 million USD).-VNA