Typhoon Xangsane Kills 59, Submerges Thousands of Homes in Vietnam

Vietnam's death toll from Typhoon Xangsane has risen to 59 as floods triggered by heavy rains submerged tens of thousands of homes, disaster officials said Wednesday.

Four others were still missing in the aftermath of the typhoon, which slammed the central coast on Sunday after killing at least 78 people and leaving 69 others missing in the Philippines.

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In the central port city of Danang, which bore the brunt of the typhoon in Vietnam, 22 people were killed and four were still missing, said disaster official Huynh Van Thang. Officials previously had said 26 people were killed by the typhoon, most by collapsing homes.

Another 14 people were killed in neighboring Quang Nam province, eight in Ha Tinh, four each in the provinces of Nghe An, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue, and three in Quang Binh province, disaster officials in these provinces said.

The damage is estimated at $625 million, according to the National Floods and Storms Control Committee.

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