Third tropical storm hits northern region

13:06 | 17/09/2014

VGP – Typhoon Kalmaegi, the third tropical storm this year, at 21:00 pm on September 16 hit Hai Ha and Dam Ha districts in the northern province of Quang Ninh, bringing heavy rain and whirlwinds.   

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As of 6:00 am on September 17, the storm had yet caused losses of lives but collapsed six houses in Dam Ha, Tien Yen districts; blew up roofs of147 houses, damaged 20 power poles; one antenna mast; and submerged over 5,000 hectares of paddy. The material losses were estimated at VND 20 billion.

All schools there closed today.

According to the Central Meteorology Hydrology Forecast Centre, after making landfall, the third storm weakened to a depression.

Earlier, PMNguyen Tang Dung asked local authorities, ministries and agencies to evacuate residents in low-lying areas, and help vessels anchor safely./.

By Kim Anh