Viet Nam: Typhoon Irving - Aug 1989

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Tropical Cyclone Irving formed over the South China Sea about 350km west of Manila early on 21 July. Irving intensified into a severe tropical storm early on 23 July and turned to the northwest, moving almost parallel to the Vietnam coast. Despite weakening to a tropical storm that afternoon, Irving temporarily re-gained severe tropical storm strength before making landfall about 200km south of Hanoi next morning. It finally dissipated inland over Laos about 160km south-west of Hanoi on the afternoon of 24 July. In Vietnam, 102 people died and 488 were injured. Over 80,000 houses were damaged. About 65,000 hectares of farmland were inundated and 256 boats sank. (Government of Hong Kong SAR, October 1990

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