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Typhoon Lingling kills 20 in Vietnam

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Disaster officials in Vietnam said Tuesday (Nov. 13) that the death toll from Typhoon Lingling had reached 20, with at least 83 others injured. The storm ripped through central Vietnam on Monday, destroying thousands of homes in seven provinces, the Associated Press reported.
The water department for Central Vietnam reported that 15,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, and the initial damage estimate for the country was $25 million.

After leaving 171 dead and 118 missing in the Philippines, Lingling made landfall in Vietnam on Monday between Phu Yen and Binh Dinh provinces, with wind gusts up to 83 mph. It weakened after hitting land and was downgraded to a severe tropical storm, AP reported. Local meteorologist Le Thanh Hai told the media that the storm moved westward on Monday at 9 mph, with winds of 37 mph.

Vietnamese relief workers, military and police were on high alert through the weekend, evacuating families from low-lying areas and moving them to emergency shelters.

The remnants of the storm are lingering over the Northern Gulf of Thailand, meaning showers and a few thunderstorms will continue over much of western Cambodia and southern Thailand. Some flooding can be expected.

As for the storm, it is at best, a weak tropical wave. There is a possibility of "Lingling" regenerating, once it heads out over the Andaman Sea.

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