Tropical Storm Talas kills at least 14 people in Vietnam

Tropical Storm Talas has claimed at least 14 lives and damaged buildings and roads across northern and central Vietnam after making landfall on Monday morning.

According to Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the storm has destroyed nearly 500 houses and over 1,400 hectares (3,460 acres) of rice crops across nine provinces.

In Nghe An Province, the storm uprooted trees and swept away national highways, causing severe traffic jams.

The storm, the second to hit Vietnam this year, has caused flight delays and cancellations, leaving many passengers stranded.

“I’m here to see some people off to Ho Chi Minh City, but their flight has been delayed for an hour,” said Nguyen Xuan An, a local citizen.

According to the central committee, a woman in Nghe An’s capital Vinh was killed when the roof of her house was ripped off by strong winds.