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Tens of thousands of houses damaged in Vietnam flooding

AP , HANOI

Floods triggered by heavy rains submerged tens of thousands of Vietnamese homes yesterday in the aftermath of Typhoon Xangsane, which killed at least 169 people in Vietnam and the Philippines, officials said.

Vietnam's toll from the storm, which slammed into the country's central coast on Sunday, rose to 59 killed and four missing. The Philippines, which bore the brunt of the storm last week, reported 110 dead and 79 missing, as officials in both countries continued to tally the casualties and assess the damage.

In the central Vietnamese port city of Danang, 22 people were killed and four were missing, disaster official Huynh Van Thang said. Most were killed by collapsing homes.

The damage is estimated at 10 trillion dong (US$625 million), according to the National Floods and Storms Control Committee.

Some 15,000 houses were destroyed and 244,000 others were damaged in nine affected central provinces, the committee's report said.

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