Typhoon “Damrey” hits Vietnam, leaving at least 27 dead and 22 missing

Typhoon “Damrey” hit southern Vietnam on Saturday, November 4, 2017 as the strongest storm to hit that part of the country in 16 years. At least 27 people died and 22 are still missing, as of Sunday morning, November 5.

Damrey made landfall near Nha Trang as a Category 2 hurricane equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This region, normally spared typhoons that typically hit further not, hasn’t experienced a typhoon this strong since Lingling of November 2001. 

Typhoon “Damrey” – October/November 2017 – full track. Credit: UW-CIMSS

The worst affected in terms of winds was Nha Trang and its surrounding communities. In terms of heavy rain, flooding and landslides, the area most affected expanded north across central Vietnam and into Laos. Nearly 255 mm (10 inches) of rain was measured in Qui Nhon within 24 hours (ending Saturday evening, local time). During the same period, 130 mm (5.10 inches) was recorded in Nha Trang and 102 mm (4.02 inches) in Da Nang.

Damrey’s strong winds and heavy rain caused widespread power outages, damaged more than 40 000 homes and destroyed at least 600 others, and caused extensive damage to region’s rice fields and other crops. At least 228 fishing boats were sunk or damaged, according to the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority.

As of Sunday morning, November 5, there are 27 confirmed deaths and 22 missing people. Most deaths occurred in coastal Khanh Hoa province where heavy rain and winds of 130 km/h (81 mph) tore through the region.

Typhoon Damrey on Novmeber 4, 2017

Typhoon “Damrey” on November 4, 2017. Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS

Heavy rains are expected to last until Tuesday, November 7 including in the central resort city of Danang, just days before the start of Apec, an economic summit attended by Presidents Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China, among others.

Featured image: Damage in Nha Trang after Typhoon “Damrey” – November 4, 2017. Credit: Million Dollar Bogan

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