Tropical storm Ketsana kills 11 in Vietnam

September 29th, 2009 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Hanoi, Sep 29 (Xinhua) At least 11 people were killed and three others missing after tropical storm Ketsana made landfall in central Vietnam, a media report said Tuesday.
The storm battered the central Vietnamese provinces of Binh Dinh, Quang Nam, Yen Bai, Kon Tum, and Dak Lak. Binh Dinh and Kon Tum are the worst affected provinces, Vietnam News Agency reported, citing disaster relief officials.

In Binh Dinh province, the storm destroyed over 100 houses. More than 6,400 hectares of agricultural crops damaged and over 100 hectares of shrimp cultivation were flooded. The storm also snapped electricity lines and affected road services.

In Kon Tum province, hundreds of houses and schools were destroyed. Thousands of crops were also submerged.

The provincial authorities are collaborating with the military, police, coast guards and health personnel to help the affected people.

Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has ordered the authorities of the storm-hit provinces to shift the local residents to safer places. He also urged school authorities to ensure safety of the students.

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