Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam

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Typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam on 15 Sep, as heavy rains and strong winds ripped off roofs and knocked over many electricity poles.

The death toll from Typhoon Doksuri has risen to at least nine, with four people still missing.

The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said the typhoon that battered the central coast on 15 Sep also injured 112 people and destroyed or damaged more than 150,000 houses in six provinces.

Some 528,000 households still did not have electricity as of Sunday. The typhoon also caused destruction of infrastructure, agriculture and fisheries.

Blackouts were widespread and technicians tried to restore power. Flooding was reported in some villages.

Packing maximum sustained winds of 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour, the typhoon made landfall in Ha Tinh province, pounding six coastal districts and destroying the roofs of 62,500 houses, disaster official Ngo Duc Hoi said.

The typhoon had gusts of up to 185 kph (115 mph).

Doksuri swept through the Philippines on 12 Sep as a less powerful tropical depression, killing at least four people and leaving another six missing.

The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said as of early Friday, 79,000 villagers in high risk areas in five central provinces had been evacuated and another 210,000 were to be moved to safety ahead of the typhoon.

Forecasters also warned of flash floods and landslides in some parts of the country's northern and central regions.

Vietnam, a country of 93 million people, is prone to floods and storms that kill hundreds of people each year.

abc NEWS. Sep 15, 2017. Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam, killing 4. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/typhoon-doksuri-slams-central-vietnam-winds-rains-49864455
abc NEWS. Sep 17, 2017. Toll from typhoon rises to at least 9 in Vietnam; 4 missing. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/toll-typhoon-rises-vietnam-missing-49920331