Flooding led to a 30 km (19 miles) tailback on Vietnam’s main north-south highway in Thua Thien Hue province. At least 27 people have initially dead and dozens are missing. More than 40,000 homes have been damaged. The worst affected area was the city of Nha Trang – about 500km (310 miles) south of the coastal city of Da Nang where world leaders will be attending an Apec summit later this week.
Flooded homes in Vietnam
Weather experts say it is the most destructive storm in decades to hit the southern coastal region. The typhoon knocked down electricity poles and uprooted trees. 626 houses had collapsed entirely. Battle tanks were mobilized to help with rescue efforts. Raging floodwaters could cause severe damage and close roads and bridges, threatening to cut off some mountainous communities from receiving aid. The government said on Saturday more than 40,000 hectares of crops had been damaged, including sugar cane, rice fields and rubber plantations. On Moday the dead toll rised to at least 49. Danang will host U.S. President Donald Trump from Nov. 10, as well as China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and counterparts from other APEC members.