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Tropical Storm “Wipha” claims 10 lives, leaves 11 missing in Vietnam

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Tropical Storm "Wipha" made landfall in Vietnam's Quang Ninh province on August 2, 2019, causing floods and landslides.

According to the latest report from the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, heavy rains and floods caused by Wipha have claimed at least 10 lives and left 11 people missing in northern and northcentral provinces over the past couple of days.

91 homes collapsed and 96 others were damaged, their report states. More than 1 000 houses were submerged and over 471 ha (1 136 acres) of crops destroyed.

The hardest hit was Thanh Hoa Province with 5 deaths, 9 missing and 5 injured people. 

Tropical Storm "Wipha" on August 2, 2019. Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS

Before hitting Vietnam, Wipha caused wind damage and floods in parts of China's Guangxi, Hainan and Guangdong. In 24 hours to July 31, capital of Hainan Province – Haikou, recorded 276.1 mm (10.8 inches) of rain.

Featured image: Tropical Storm "Wipha" at 00:00 UTC on August 2, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8

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