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Bard
09-27-2005, 04:21 PM
Typhoon Damrey makes landfall in Vietnam

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9496920/


Nearly 300,000 forced to evacuate; at least 31 killed in China, Philippines
Vietnamese men try to clear the road of trees during Typhoon Damrey in Hua Loc village in northern Vietnam on Tuesday.
Richard Vogel Stf / AP

Updated: 8:31 a.m. ET Sept. 27, 2005
THANH HOA, Vietnam - After killing at least 31 people in China and the Philippines, Typhoon Damrey slammed ashore in Vietnam on Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people along the coastal region.

Damrey, the most powerful typhoon to hit northern Vietnam in a decade, injured nine people after it landed in Thanh Hoa province early Tuesday, packing winds of up to 60 miles an hour, said Le Van Thao of the National Meteorology Center. Thanh Hoa is 100 miles south of Hanoi.

About 144,000 people from Thanh Hoa and another 145,000 from three surrounding provinces were evacuated from low-lying homes, schools and local government buildings before the storm hit, said provincial disaster official Tran Quang Trung.

Some 950 homes were destroyed while another 9,000 were badly damaged.

A power blackout was reported in Thai Binh and Thanh Hoa provinces, home to 5 million people.

More than 25,000 soldiers have been sent to help reinforce sea dikes and evacuate people, state media reported.

High tides sent 15-foot waves surging over a 100-mile sea wall in Thanh Hoa and Nam Dinh, Trung said. In another spot in Thanh Hoa, waves burst through the dike, creating a 100-foot-long break that flooded one village.

Deaths in China
Earlier Typhoon Damrey — which means elephant in the Khmer language of Cambodia — ravaged southern China’s Hainan island and the neighboring province of Guangdong, killing nine.

Four others were killed by tornadoes thrown off by the typhoon, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Officials said about 25,000 homes were demolished and 100,000 more damaged, Xinhua reported.

It was the most destructive typhoon to hit southern China in more than three decades.

UKBB
09-27-2005, 04:23 PM
It will be George Bush's fault.

UKBB