The storm, which hit central Vietnam on Tuesday, also injured 31 people, submerged more than 30,000 houses, and damaged infrastructure and crops. The heavy rain in the central and northern regions disrupted transportation in some areas. Disaster official Nguyen Thi Lien from northern Yen Bai province said 580 soldiers and police and more than 2,000 residents have been mobilized to search for 16 others still missing in the province. Another tropical depression has been upgraded to a tropical storm, Khanun, which swept through the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon early Friday and is moving in the South China Sea toward Vietnam.
Vietnam is ranked the seventh most disaster-prone country in the world based on the fact that disasters over the past two decades have caused more than 13,000 deaths and property damage in excess of $6.4 billion. “If Vietnam does not invest in disaster resilience today, it misses an opportunity for social, economic and environmental progress that will have impacts for years to come,” Achim Fock, acting country director for the World Bank in Vietnam warned speaking on Friday marking International Day for Disaster Reduction.