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Oct 31, 2012 - 1:07:46 AM

'Sandy' Is Not the Only Deadly Storm - 'Son-Tinh' Batters Asia

By Earth Changes Media
Oct 31, 2012 - 1:05:53 AM


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While Americans on the East Coast struggle to recover from Hurricane 'Sandy' - stretches of Asia have been battered by typhoon "Son-Tinh", that has cost more than 30 lives since it first struck last week.

In China, roughly 126,000 had been relocated in Hainan province due to 'Son-Tinh', state media reported Monday. Powerful floods have reportedly destroyed hundreds of homes across the area. In the southern region of Guangxi Zhuang, scores of boats on a river bordering China and Vietnam went missing during the downpour.

In Vietnam, the storm had already claimed at least three lives and injured 29 people before moving on to China. Homes and bridges were destroyed, fields of crops ruined and electrical and telephone lines downed as reported by the Vietnamese national news agency. More than 86,000 people were evacuated to avoid the storm, while national authorities distributed hundreds of life vests and thousands of water purification tablets, a United Nations coordinator in Vietnam reported.

Before wreaking havoc in Vietnam and China, the typhoon had lashed the Philippines, killing at least 27 people, injuring 19 and leaving nine missing, its national disaster agency reported Tuesday, updating its earlier, lower death tolls. More than 109,000 Filipinos were affected by the storm as it hit the Philippines last week, where it was known as Ofel.

The tempest has weakened, but its damages in the three countries have been estimated in the tens of millions of dollars. In the Vietnamese province of Nam Dinh alone, local media estimated the damages ran as high as $45 million, with farms swamped and electricity damaged, the U.N. reported.


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