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Vietnam’s death toll from Typhoon Ketsana at 41

Typhoon Ketsana has killed 41 people in Vietnam and left a trail of destruction across the country's central region, disaster officials and the government said on Wednesday.

world Updated: Sep 30, 2009 10:40 IST

Typhoon Ketsana has killed 41 people in Vietnam and left a trail of destruction across the country's central region, disaster officials and the government said on Wednesday.

The bodies of two people were recovered from their homes after being buried by a landslide, bringing the toll in Quang Nam province to seven, said Nguyen Hoai Phuong, a provincial disaster official. Parts of the province were still isolated by flood waters and its main highway remained partially submerged.

In Thua Thien Hue province, one more death was reported on Wednesday, bringing the toll there to four, said disaster official Dang Van Minh.

Elsewhere in the central region, 30 deaths were reported in six other provinces, including 13 deaths in the Central Highland province of Kon Tum, the government said in a statement. The deaths include five members of a family whose house was buried in a landslide.

The typhoon also left 10 people missing, destroyed or damaged nearly 170,000 homes and damaged crops and irrigation systems in the region, the statement said. More than 350,000 people were evacuated before the typhoon slammed into the central coast on Tuesday.

Flooding from the typhoon killed 246 people in the Philippines, inundating the homes of nearly 2.3 million people over the weekend before slamming into Vietnam's central coast on Tuesday. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression after crossing into Laos early on Wednesday, the National Weather Forecast Center said.

Light rains were reported in the region where most rivers peaked on Wednesday morning and began receding slowly, the center said.