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Floods Caused By Typhoon Hagupit Claim 41 Lives In Vietnam

Flash floods and mudslides caused by Typhoon Hagupit have claimed at least 41 lives and have injured over 60 others in north Vietnam, said the country's committee on floods and storm control on Monday.

Officials said that the floods washed away at least 1,000 houses and damaged tens of thousands more, and added that the damages caused by the storm are estimated at $65 million.

They said that the death toll is bound to increase as the rescue teams have just started reaching the isolated villages devastated by Thursday's storm.

At least sixteen people were reported to be killed in the storm and the accompanying floods in the province of Son La, which is said to be worst affected, they said.

The death toll in Lang Son province reached 10 people, while nine people, including two children, were drowned in the neighboring province of Bac Giang. Another five people were killed in the Quang Ninh province, the officials added.

Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in northern Vietnam last Thursday after killing 10 people in China, bringing with it winds of up to 227 kmh, causing widespread power cuts and disrupted air, rail and road transportation services.

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