Typhoon Nari leaves 6 dead, 7 missing in Vietnam

AP , Wednesday 16 Oct 2013

Authorities evacuate 5,000 residents from their flooded homes; Search for missing people continues

Typhoon Nari killed six people in Vietnam, left seven others missing and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, officials said Wednesday.

The storm slammed into Vietnam's central coast early Tuesday after leaving 13 people dead in the Philippines over the weekend.

Three people were killed and two others were missing in Quang Nam province, the national floods and storms control department said. About 12,000 homes were destroyed or damaged in seven central provinces, it said.

Flash floods triggered by the typhoon killed three people and left two others missing in Quang Binh province, provincial disaster official Ngo Duc Song said. The floods submerged 10,000 homes in the province, many of them up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) under water, and left four villages isolated, he said.

Nearly 5,000 people were evacuated from their flooded homes to higher ground, Song said, adding that soldiers and police officers were sent to help villagers deal with the floods.

In the neighbouring province of Ha Tinh, authorities were searching for three people missing in the floods.

The storm weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in Vietnam.

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