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19 dead as typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam

19 dead as typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam

Workers fix a fallen electricity pole in the central province of Phu Yen, Vietnam on Saturday after Typhoon Damrey slammed the country's south-central coast.

At least 27 people have died and almost two dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said Sunday, just days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit.

At least 19 people are dead and over 33,000 others are being forced to evacuate.

The 11 victims are from the three central provinces of Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen and Binh Dinh, the provincial People's Committee said, adding that the severe typhoon also ripped off roofs of thousands of houses and uprooted many trees.

Vietnam says six ships capsized with 61 people on board in the South China Sea.

More than 40,000 homes were destroyed as heavy rains and 130 km/h (80 mph) winds tore through the region, leaving 27 dead and 22 missing, according to Vietnam's disaster management office.

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US President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive on November 10 for the leaders' summit.

The storm moved from the coastal area into a key coffee growing area of the world's biggest producer of robusta coffee beans.

The government said on Saturday more than 40,000 hectares of crops had been damaged, including sugar cane, rice fields and rubber plantations.

The death toll rose to at least 27 on Sunday from the typhoon that pummelled central and southern Vietnam just days before the region is due to host the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.

Dozens of flights in and out of the country has been cancelled.

The Thai Meteorological Department said on Saturday afternoon that Damrey was moving west at speeds of 30 kilometres per hour.


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