Tropical Storm Wipha slams into Vietnam

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At least five people have died and 13 others are reported missing after Tropical Storm Wipha slammed into Vietnam's northern coast, authorities said on Monday.

The worst hit province was Thanh Hoa, where three people were killed and 12 were reported missing, according to a statement by the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention.

Most of the missing people were from Quan Son district, where an entire village was destroyed by a flash flood.

One person was reported dead in the mountainous province of Bac Kan and another in Dien Bien province.

The storm made landfall at around 10pm (15:00 GMT) on Thursday in Quang Ninh province, home of the UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay, and the neighbouring city of Haiphong.