Tropical storm Talas has caused severe damage to roads and other infrastructure facilities, blocking traffic and causing casualties in Vietnam after it made landfall in central Vietnam on Monday morning.
According to Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the storm has killed at least 14 people and destroyed nearly 500 houses and over 1,400 hectares (3,460 acres) of rice crops in nine provinces.
In the Nghe An Province, the windstorm uprooted trees and even made some national highways collapse. The traffic was severely disrupted.
The storm, the second to hit Vietnam this year, has caused flight delays and cancellations, with many passengers stranded at the local airport.
“I’m here to see some people off to Ho Chi Minh City, but the flight has been delayed for an hour,” said Nguyen Xuan An, a local citizen.
According to the central committee, a woman in Vinh Town, the capital city of Nghe An, was killed by her house roof ripped off by the winds.
The storm caused a cargo ship with 13 crew members to sink in waters off the Nghe An Province, leaving one dead, six others missing and the other six rescued up to 2 P.M. on Monday.
In the Quang Binh Province, seven people were injured when a ship capsized.
Weather forecasters in Vietnam are predicting a particularly stormy typhoon season this year, with 13-15 typhoons and tropical depressions expected to develop over the East Sea. Three to four are likely to make landfall in central Vietnam.
Last year, 10 typhoons and tropical depressions developed over the South China Sea, four of which hit Vietnam’s mainland.