Typhoon Durian claims 18 lives in Vietnam

from Xinhua
Published on 05 Dec 2006
HANOI, Dec 5, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Typhoon Durian, hitting Vietnam's central region since Monday night, has killed 18 local people in the central and southern regions, the Central Steering Committee on Storm and Flood Prevention said on Tuesday morning.

The typhoon has killed 10 people in southern Ba Ria Vung Tau province, four in central Binh Thuan province, three in central Phu Yen province, and one in southern Tien Giang province. It has also damaged hundreds of houses, and sunk 13 boats in the regions.

Binh Thuan province was the first locality hit by the typhoon. The typhoon, the 9th one striking Vietnam this year, sank nine fishing boats and uprooted many trees on Monday. It is forecast to sweep through some localities in the southern Mekong Delta, which are inexperienced in combating typhoons, on Tuesday night.

Vietnam has evacuated tens of thousands of people in the two regions. In central Binh Dinh province, more than 6,400 people have been evacuated to safe areas. Some schools have been closed.

The Vietnamese government has required relevant localities and agencies to update information about the typhoon, mobilize rescue forces, and call for ships and boats in affected areas to shore. It has also asked neighboring countries to help Vietnamese fishermen take shelter.

In early October, typhoon Xangsane killed or left missing 76 people, and injured 532 others in Vietnam.