Typhoon Wipha, the third tropical storm to strike Vietnam so far this year, has left one person dead and 15 others missing according to state media.
In northern Thanh Hoa province, a rockslide, whirlwinds and floods sparked by the typhoon killed a 33-year-old man, injured three people, left 15 others missing, and damaged 183 houses, four schools, and 17 hectares of forest , causing $43,500 in property losses, the agency said citing local authorities.
Wipha made landfall in northern Quang Ninh province on Friday night and then weakened to a tropical depression, causing heavy rain and strong gusts in the northern provinces of Quang Ninh, Lang Son and Thanh Hoa. While a fishing boat sunk in Quang Ninh on Friday, no human casualties were reported in the incident.
Hanoi reported rainfall of 66 mm in four hours on Saturday morning. Strong winds have uprooted dozens of trees in the capital.
In the first seven months of this year, natural disasters in Vietnam left 34 people dead or missing, destroyed 156 houses, damaged over 3,000 other houses and 3,700 hectares of rice and other crops, causing economic losses of $10.4 million according to the country’s General Statistics Office.
Vietnam is one of the countries most affected by natural disasters and climate change, according to the United Nations Development Program. It faces six or seven typhoons every year on average.