Vietnam typhoon kills 27
Tue, 21 Aug 2012 8:18a.m.
At least 27 people have been killed as typhoon Kai-Tak swept across Northern provinces of Vietnam over the weekend, said government officials.
The storm brought strong winds and heavy rains which caused landslides which hit several densely populated communities including part of the capital, Hanoi.
Five people were swept away by floodwaters. One woman died as she slept when a landslide buried her house in Bac Giang province, said the government's committee on flood and storm control.
In the capital of Hanoi, a taxi driver was killed by a toppled tree while two people were electrocuted by a falling electricity cable, said officials.
Nearly 12,000 houses were damaged and 23,000 hectares of cropland were flooded, officials said.
Some of those who died were carried away by floodwaters.
On Sunday, parts of Hanoi remained flooded.
Flash floods still posed a risk despite insistence from the authorities that drainage in the capital had been improved.
Kai-Tak is the fifth tropical storm and typhoon to hit Vietnam since the beginning of the year.
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