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Storm Kills 9 in Northern Vietnam, Floods Fields, Damages Homes

Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- At least nine people were killed and at least 14 were injured by a storm that brought heavy rains to northern Vietnam over the weekend, according to the country’s central committee for flood and storm control.

Typhoon Kai-tak also passed through southern China, causing floods and the evacuation of more than 500,000 people.

Three people died in Vietnam’s Vinh Phuc province, west of the capital city of Hanoi, where one person was killed as a result of the storm, the committee said in a report posted on its website. Other fatalities took place in Bac Giang, Lao Cai, Son La and Yen Bai provinces, according to the report.

More than 20,000 hectares of rice fields were flooded in the region, and some provincial roads were damaged, the committee said. More than 11,000 houses were damaged.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jason Folkmanis in Ho Chi Minh City at folkmanis@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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