Memories of happier times after typhoon Rammasun in Vietnam
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 01:14
Trees uprooted and roofs torn off but no casualties after typhoon Rammasun hits Vietnam. Gavino Garay reports.
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Locals are sweeping out the water of typhoon Rammasun.
More than 7,000 residents had been evacuated in these low-lying areas before the typhoon hit.
No casualties were reported here in Mong Cai.
One restaurant owner says she strapped down her possessions to protect them from strong winds.
(SOUNDBITE) (Vietnamese) ROAD SIDE RESTAURANT OWNER, PHAM THI THANH, SAYING:
"There is no loss in terms of human life but my home was completely damaged. Before the storm I tied down and reinforced all other valuables."
The deputy director of the Mong Cai Committee for Natural Disaster says things have return to normal -- despite the heavy flooding.
(SOUNDBITE) (Vietnamese) DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MONG CAI COMMITTEE FOR NATURAL DISASTER PREVENTION, NGUYEN VAN DO, SAYING:
"The repair works to assure the safety and restore residents' daily activities have been carried out since this morning, right after the storm has passed. Until 2pm today, all the evacuees have returned to clean up their homes and continue their work and lives as usual."
The news wasn't so good in neighboring Philippines, where the typhoon claimed at least 77 lives.
Typhoons are common in the region and pick up strength over warm waters before hitting land.
While Rammasun may be weakening, more heavy rain is expected over the weekend.
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