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Typhoon kills 24 in Vietnam

24 September 2013, 12:30

Hanoi - Rain and flooding from Typhoon Usagi killed 24 people and left six missing in Vietnam, authorities said on Tuesday.

The storm brought heavy rain and floods in the central provinces, Vietnam's Central Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control said.

Between 113 and 203 millimetres of rain fell on different parts of the central provinces in the three days through Tuesday, it said.

That followed the 200mm to 542mm that fell between Thursday and Saturday, it said, forcing authorities to open overfilled reservoirs, worsening the floods.

The main part of the storm had passed over southern China, where the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Tuesday reported 27 people dead and 470 000 evacuated in Guangdong province.

In the nearby southern provinces of Fujian, Hunan and Jiangxi, about 120 000 people were evacuated, but no casualties reported.

The Philippines said on Monday the typhoon had killed 27 people in the country's main island of Luzon.



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