Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong sent a message to his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung expressing his sympathy over the loss of human lives and property damage caused by typhoon Kalmaegi last week.

In his September 22 message, the Lao leader expressed his hope that residents’ lives in the storm-affected areas would soon be stabilised.

Typhoon Kalmaegi swept through several northern and central provinces of Vietnam on September 16, killing at least eleven.

It caused huge economic losses and seriously damaged agriculture and aquaculture in these localities.

A total of 33 houses collapsed and 815 buildings lost their roofs. Meanwhile, approximately 42,743ha of rice fields and more than 10,000ha of fruit and vegetable crops were damaged, whilst thousands of hectares of farmland were inundated during the storm. -VNA