Typhoon Son Tinh Kills 7 in Vietnam, 32 Total

October 31, 2012

Typhoon Son Tinh blew the roofs off thousands of homes in northern Vietnam, killing at least seven people and raising its death toll over the past week to at least 32.

photo: Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, UN & EU

Vietnam’s disaster agency reported Tuesday that the typhoon killed seven people, left five missing and injured 43 in the north. The typhoon’s center did not make landfall before dissipating at sea Monday, but it blew roofs off more than 13,000 houses and damaged nearly 47,000 acres of rice crops.

In southern China, the typhoon killed one person and left another five missing, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday.

Son Tinh was a tropical storm when it swept through the central Philippines last week, killing 24 people and leaving six others missing. It gained typhoon strength with sustained wind speeds of up to 92 mph as it crossed the South China Sea.

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