Typhoon Haiyan death toll rises to 13

(VOV) -At least 13 people were killed and 81 others were injured after typhoon Haiyan, packing winds of 117kph, ripped through north-central and northern provinces.

According to the National Committee for Search and Rescue, most of the victims were reinforcing their houses or trimmed trees when Haiyan hit.

The storm was downgraded after making landfall and is currently striking China’s border provinces.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai is inspecting post-storm clean-up efforts in Haiphong which was battered by Haiyan early on November 11.

Initial reports showed Haiyan uprooted big trees and tore away large advertising boards, blocking major roads in the inner city. Relevant forces were mobilized to clear piles of debris to ensure smooth traffic.

Thanks to thorough preparations, the storm did not cause any human and property losses when it slammed into Haiphong’s Cat Hai island district.

Most houses and public works had been reinforced and fishing vessels had been called in before Haiyan made landfall.

In neighbouring Quang Ninh province, Haiyan peeled off dozens of houses, and knocked out power and communications. Many places in the province are living without electricity.

Elsewhere, the storm, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain, caused excessive property damage to north-central and northern provinces, including Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Quang Ngai.

Here are some photos on typhoon Haiyan:

Haiyan has headed towards China 

Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai providing instructions to cope with Haiyan in Haiphong
Storm victims in Thanh Hoa evacuated from danger areas
Towing fishing vessels ashore in Nghe An
Coastal areas hit by high tidal waves
Storm victims in Thanh Hoa evacuated from danger areas
The elderly given priority in evacuation

People leaving their homes for safe shelters
Evacuees gathering at schools and healthcare centres
Border guards in Quang Ninh’s Co To island district fanning out to help with prevention work
Trimming big trees in the city
Power cut in Tien Hai district, Thai Binh province