Strong wind and rain in northern Vietnam unleashed by
Typhoon Kai-Tak have killed at least 17 people, damaged thousands of
houses and submerged valuable crops, authorities said Monday.
typhoon, which made landfall late Friday, brought winds of about 100
kilometres (62 miles) per hour, according to the national committee on
flood and storm control.
Many of the dead are believed to have been killed in landslides or while attempting to cross rivers swollen by heavy rain.
In the capital Hanoi, about 200 trees were uprooted and a huge sinkhole appeared in the middle of a major road.
to an official update, more than 12,000 houses were damaged and 30,500
hectares (75,000 acres) of cropland were flooded nationwide.
The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Saturday.
slamming into Vietnam, the typhoon killed four people in the
Philippines and two in China, where the authorities relocated 530,000
people, according to state media there.
Typhoon kills 17 in Vietnam
August 2012 (Radio Australia) – At least 27 people have been killed
during a typhoon which swept across northern provinces of Vietnam over
the weekend, officials have said.
Typhoon Kai-Tak made landfall on Friday, bringing intense rain and strong winds.
Many of the dead are believed to have been killed in landslides or while attempting to cross rivers swollen by heavy rain
Officials say more than 12,000 houses have been damaged, and around 300 square kilometres of farmland have been inundated.
They expect there to be more heavy rain over the next few days.
Presenter: Richard Ewart
Speaker: Vu Xuan Viet, emergency response manager, Oxfam
Well as you mentioned already that Typhoon Kai-Tak attacked Vietnam on
Friday, and at the weekend there were very heavy downfalls and also
there were some whirlwinds and flash floods and landslides across the
northern country, the heavy rain and serious flooding in northern
mountainous provinces. So the damage has been now conceded as quite
high, that is the report by the central committee for flood and storm
control. Yesterday the rains were reported to be less and the weather
became less severe. So we expect that the recovery efforts are ongoing
and people's lives are being restored to normal.
EWART: In terms though of locating people who may be missing? What's the scale of the task at the moment?
Yes in 18 provinces affected by the tropical cyclones and also flash
floods and landslides, Yen Bai suffered the most in terms of the housing
problems for people. As you know, in the northern mountainous provinces
like Yen Bai, a lot of minority peoples with their homes are quite
temporary and vulnerable to whirlwinds. So the whirlwinds actually
happened during the weekend, on the 18th of August, and nearly
seven-thousand houses were unroofed or destroyed in many ways. So the
government took a lot of active actions in terms of helping people to
find temporary shelter, and also yesterday and today a lot of shelter
recovery efforts are being made by the communities, people themselves,
with the support from the local governments and mass organisations. […]
Typhoon Kai-Tak kills 27 in Vietnam
Typhoon Tembin on its track to hit Fujian at or near Xiamen
By Tony Hake
21 August 2012
eighth typhoon of the year has developed extremely rapidly and while
passing offshore brought landslides and flooding to the Philippines.
Typhoon Tembin now appears intent on heading toward Taiwan while yet
another typhoon, Bolaven, looks to do the same soon after.
The system that has become Typhoon Tembin grew from a tropical depression into a typhoon in less than 48 hours.
Igme in the Philippines, Typhoon Tembin passed north of the main island
of Luzon. Heavy rains from the storm brought flooding and landslides
that damaged eight highways. No deaths were reported from the storm
although other storms are responsible for 170 deaths in the nation this
month so far.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center
(JTWC) says the storm is currently 290 miles southeast of Taipei and
moving to the north at 7mph. It is packing powerful sustained winds of
115mph that are gusting to over 140mph.
Forecasters predict a
turn to the northwest and eventually the west northwest which puts the
storm on course for a direct strike of Taiwan. The eastern parts of the
island nation are expected to begin feeling the effects of the storm by
Wednesday afternoon with the entire island affected by Friday.
Central Weather Bureau has issued a sea warning for the ocean to the
east of the storm. Warnings for areas on land are likely to come soon.
A second tropical system, Typhoon Bolaven, has also formed and together may deliver a one-two punch to Taiwan.
is packing winds of 80mph gusting to nearly 100mph. The storm is
approximately 470 northwest of Guam and moving to the northwest.
JTWC cautions that the storm is expected to increase in intensity and
pick up speed due to “favorable environmental conditions.”
current forecast track for Bolaven puts it south of Okinawa and north of
Taiwan on Sunday. However any shift to the north our south could put
one of the islands at risk.