Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tropical Storm Heads for Vietnam; Three Die in China (Update2)

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 298 kilometers (185 miles) east-southeast of Hanoi at 7 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 Web site of the National Committee for Flood and Storm Control.

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 311 people dead in the Philippines, where it made landfall three times. Forty-eight people remain missing in Luzon while 80,262 are in evacuation centers, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said in a report.

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

Ketsana left 337 people dead and 37 missing in the Philippines when it crossed Luzon as a tropical storm three days earlier.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ryan Flinn in San Francisco at rflinn@bloomberg.net; Aaron Sheldrick in Tokyo at asheldrick@bloomberg.net.
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