Typhoon Cecil - Oct 1985

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Cecil developed as a tropical depression over the Sulu Sea about 250 nautical miles south of Manila on 12 October. It destroyed or sank 70 fishing boats in the Iloilo area of the Philippines. Cecil moved northwestwards over the South China Sea and intensified into a typhoon on 14 October about 210 nautical miles southeast of Xisha. Early on 16 October, it crossed the Viet Nam coast about 80 nautical miles northwest of Danang. Cecil brought heavy damage to central Viet Nam with 769 killed, 128 people missing and about 200 others injured. About 130,000 houses were damaged or collapsed, and 70,000 hectares of crops were devastated. During the evening of 16 October, Cecil moved westwards across Laos into Thailand where it dissipated. Cecil brought heavy rain to northern and northeastern Thailand, and caused the death of one person. (Government of Hong Kong SAR, 1986)

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