Ketsana, packing winds of nearly 150km per hour, swept the central coast on September 29, causing 74 reported deaths and 12 more unaccounted for.
According to the Central Steering Board for Flood and Storm Control, by 6pm, September 30, at least 74 people were confirmed dead, 12 were missing and 179 were injured. More than 171,000 houses were collapsed and damaged. Over 52,000 families were moved to safe places. The total losses for five central provinces – Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Kon Tum – is estimated at over 2.16 trillion dong, including up to 1.5 trillion dong for Quang Ngai.
Quang Ngai province suffered from the most serious losses, with 22 deaths, four missing and 84 injured victims. It also had 400 collapsed houses, nearly 12,000 losing their roofs and 200 damaged schools. The total losses are estimated at 1.5 trillion dong.
Located next to Quang Ngai, Kon Tum province had 21 dead victims and two others missing. Around 500 houses were collapsed or damaged while over 1000ha of rice were flooded. The total losses are over 300 billion.
Quang Nam province reported 5 deaths, over 5000 collapsed houses and 200,000 damaged houses. More than 1000ha of rice was totally damaged. Many areas are still flooded.
In Binh Dinh province, six people died, three were missing and 29 were injured. The typhoon also damaged over 6000 houses, 200 schools, 800 tones of seed rice, 110ha of shrimp ponds and 62 boats, totaling 115 billion dong.
Thua Thien Hue province confirmed 6 deaths and 23 injured victims, over 150 collapsed and 70,000 damaged houses. Nearly 14000 families had to move to safe places. The total losses are over 200 billion dong.
In Phu Yen, there was one death, three injured people, 32 collapsed houses and over 130ha of field damaged, worth around 34 billion dong.
Many roads are damaged, causing serious traffic jams, including the Ho Chi Minh Highway, National Highways 45 and 18. In addition, many dams and lakes have “burst”. Reports suggest 116 boats have sunk.
According to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) group, the power grid in the central region has been down in many sections. While parts have been fixed, Da Nang City and some areas of Quang Ngai province remain without power.
Downpours have caused water levels in all rivers in the central and central highland regions to rise. The worst floods in 35 years are forecast.
According to the latest news, after hitting the central region, typhoon Katsana moved to Laos and weakened to become a tropical depression. However, Japanese experts are warning that two new storms named Parma and Eighteen are forming in the Pacific.
Meanwhile, meteorologists in London, UK are reporting another storm named Twenty.
However, a senior official from the Vietnamese meteorology centre, Vu Anh Tuan, said that Vietnam has not received any information on these storms as yet because they don’t yet exceed the Meridian 110 guideline.
VietNamNet, Tuoi Tre and VNExpress captured the devastation in the central region:
|The typhoon attacks Da Nang City|
|Moving from the dangerous area.|
|A bus stop falls down.|
|Many local roads are damaged.|