30 Sep '11, 11am

Vietnam, China lashed by tropical storm: HANOI - Thousands of people in Vietnam sheltered from a powerful tropic...

Vietnam, China lashed by tropical storm: HANOI - Thousands of people in Vietnam sheltered from a powerful tropic...

HANOI - Thousands of people in Vietnam sheltered from a powerful tropical storm that lashed its northern coast on Friday after slamming into southeast China and killing 43 people in the Philippines. Schools shut and flights were cancelled ahead of the storm, which weakened from a typhoon after devastating the Philippines' main island of Luzon earlier in the week. Beijing, which had issued its first red typhoon alert of the year, downgraded Nesat to a "strong tropical storm" which slowed at sea after forcing 300,000 people to evacuate on the tourist island of Hainan. Gale force winds and torrential rain continued to lash China's southern coast on Friday. High winds buffeted Hanoi and surrounding northeastern provinces, where Nesat made landfall in the afternoon at speeds of 62-88 kilometres an hour (38-55 miles per hour), the weather bureau said. More than 70,000 residents ...

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