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Typhoon Ketsana kills 31 in Vietnam: officials

world Updated: Sep 29, 2009 23:37 IST

Typhoon Ketsana slammed into Vietnam today, killing at least 31 people during floods and landslides that caused almost 170,000 people to flee their homes, officials said.

The death toll in Vietnam added to at least 246 who died in the Philippines when Ketsana, then a weaker tropical storm, devastated Manila at the weekend.

Flood and storm control committee officials said today that 31 people had died, many of them in Kon Tum, a mountainous inland province which recorded 13 fatalities.

Most of the victims there died because of landslides and the collapse of their houses during the vicious winds and heavy rains, Le Trong Chien, a Kon Tum official in charge of storm relief, said earlier.

"There is still heavy rain in our province," he said.

The typhoon made landfall around 10:30 IST about 80 kilometres south of Vietnam's fourth-largest city, Danang, the national flood and storm committee said.

"What worries us is that the flooding could worsen because of heavy rain raising water levels in the rivers but in particular rising sea water, which threatens coastal residents," said Duong Van Ngoc, vice-president of Phu Vang district in Thua Thien-Hue province.

Flooding hit parts of Danang as well as Hue, the former capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, where residents used small wooden and steel boats to move around, an AFP reporter saw.