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Storm Kills 35 People in Vietnam, Philippines and China

Storm Kills 34 in Vietnam, Philippines Before Heading to China
Local residents make their way on a flooded street in Beihai in southwest China's Guangxi province after tropical storm Son-Tinh swept across Vietnam and the Philippines into southern China. Photographer: Feng Yumin/Color China Photo/AP

At least 35 people were killed as tropical storm Son-Tinh swept through Vietnam and the Philippines and then moved across southern China.

Seven people were killed, four are missing and 90 injured after the typhoon hit Vietnam’s northern coast Oct. 28, the National Committee for Flood and Storm Control said in a statement on its website yesterday. One person died and six are missing in southern China’s Hainan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the provincial government.

About 19,361 hectares of rice and 70,932 hectares of other crops were submerged by floodwaters as yesterday morning, according to the Vietnamese statement. The storm blew off the roofs of 47,400 homes. In Hainan, 10,900 hectares of crops were damaged, 716 houses destroyed and 126,000 people were relocated from low-lying areas, Xinhua said.

Son-Tinh traversed the Philippines’ three main islands before moving away from the country Oct. 26, killing 27 people, injuring 19 and leaving 9 missing, according to a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report yesterday.

The storm, known in the Philippines as Ofel, caused landslides, flooding and damaged homes and bridges in some affected provinces, the risk agency said. More than 450 families were still in evacuation centers yesterday and some areas in at least three provinces were still flooded as of Oct. 30, according to the report.

Son-Tinh damaged 155.13 million pesos ($3.8 million) of infrastructure and farm output in the Philippines, according to the report. Direct economic losses are estimated at 990 million yuan ($159 million) in Hainan and 253 million yuan in China’s Guangxi region, Xinhua said.

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