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Typhoon Damrey Kills Dozen People in Vietnam

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Workers repair a fallen electricity pole in the central province of Phu Yen, Vietnam, Nov. 4, 2017. Typhoon Damrey slammed the south-central coast of Vietnam on Saturday.

The AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured temperature data of Typhoon Damrey’s clouds on Nov. 2 at 1811 UTC (2:11 p.m. EDT). Coldest cloud tops (purple) were as cold as or colder than -63F (-53C). Credits: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

Residents and tourists are transported by boats through floodwaters in the tourist town of Hoi An on Nov 5, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

Typhoon Damrey has blasted Vietnam’s south-central coast, killing at least 27 people.

Disaster officials say Damrey has blown off the roofs of more than 1,000 homes, uprooted trees and knocked down electricity poles.

The province of Khanh Hoa lost 14 people when houses collapsed or were washed away by floods, according to the provincial disaster agency.

Boats in the flooded streets of Hoi An, central Vietnam. (Photo: Roy Sim)

The agency said more than 300 homes were destroyed and about 25,000 others were damaged. It said 112 boats sank in the storm. Power was off in many areas and dozens of flights had been canceled.

As a precaution, thousands of people were evacuated to higher ground before the typhoon made landfall.

Fallen trees obstruct a street during a storm in Nha Trang, as Typhoon Damrey descends on southern Vietnam Credit: Social Media/Reuters

Damrey is the strongest storm to hit the area in at least 16 years, according to NASA.

Meanwhile, at least three people have been killed and almost 2,000 evacuated after a severe storm triggered the worst flooding in years in Malaysia’s Penang state.

Many streets in Penang’s capital George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular destination for foreign and domestic tourists, were submerged in deep, dirty water.

Authorities said the rains were likely associated with Typhoon Damrey.