Vietnam: tropical storm Parma heads for Vietnam

Updated On: Oct 13, 2009

By Ryan Flinn and Aaron Sheldrick

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Parma moved over the Gulf of Tonkin and headed for Vietnam after leaving three people dead on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.

The storm was 352 kilometers (219 miles) east-southeast of Hanoi at 1 a.m. Vietnam time with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour, the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center said in its latest advisory. It was moving west-northwest at 7 kph.

The storm is forecast to cross the Vietnamese coast south of Hanoi later today or early tomorrow. Authorities in Vietnam issued alerts for heavy rains and a tidal surge as high as 4 meters (13 feet). Local authorities were ordered to consider evacuating people in low-lying areas, according to the National Committee for Flood and Storm Control Web site.

Three people died in China after their boat was capsized in the storm off Wanning city, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Hainan Provincial Emergency Response Office.

Parma left at least 199 people dead in the Philippines, where it made landfall three times. Fifty people remain missing in Luzon province while 80,262 are in evacuation centers, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said in a report. Agence France-Presse, citing civil defense officials, put the death toll in the Philippines from Parma at 265.

Vietnam was hit by Ketsana on Sept. 29, leaving 163 people dead and 11 missing as of 9 p.m. on Oct. 5, according to the Vietnamese government.

Typhoon Ketsana left 337 people dead and 37 missing in the Philippines when it crossed Luzon three days earlier.

Source: Bloomberg, "Tropical Storm Heads for Vietnam; Three Die in China", 13 Oct 2009,  http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601101&sid=arHYZErufyUA

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