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Typhoon Kai-Tak kills 9 in Vietnam, thousands of homes damaged

Published on Aug 19, 2012 3:34 PM
 
Motorists manoeuver through a flooded street in Hanoi on Aug 18, 2012.At least nine people were killed, thousands of homes damaged and swathes of farmland flooded as Typhoon Kai-Tak swept across northern Vietnam, authorities said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

HANOI (AFP) - At least nine people were killed, thousands of homes damaged and swathes of farmland flooded as Typhoon Kai-Tak swept across northern Vietnam, authorities said on Sunday.

The storm, which made landfall late on Friday, brought strong winds and heavy rains that inundated several densely populated communities including part of the capital Hanoi.

Five people were swept away by floodwaters while one woman died when a landslide buried her house while she was sleeping in Bac Giang province, according to the government's central committee on flood and storm control.

A taxi driver was killed by a toppled tree while two people were electrocuted by a falling electricity cable, it said.

 
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