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The strongest storm to hit China's southern resort island of Hainan in decades has ploughed along its coast after killing two people and forcing more than 170,000 from their homes.
Typhoon Damrey had caused casualties, flattened houses and damaged crops on the island since it made landfall on Sunday, but the full extent of the destruction was unknown, a disaster relief official said.
"The primary threat now is strong winds, but judging from our experience in recent years, river floods are also possible if the heavy rains continue," he said by telephone.
He said more than 170,000 people had been evacuated to safety. There was no immediate word of damage to hotels.
Two people were killed in Wanning, the coastal city where the typhoon made landfall Sunday, when their houses collapsed, Xinhua news agency said.
Some 5,000 people were left stranded at the airport in the coastal city and provincial capital of Haikou after dozens of flights were cancelled.
A Haikou official said power was cut to parts of the city as well as other areas of Hainan. She did not elaborate.
TYPHOON Damrey left at least 50 people dead and six others missing in Vietnam, the Government said today.
As many as 44 deaths occurred in flash floods in the inland province of Yen Bai, provincial flood control official Nguyen Dinh Vo said.
"We have recovered the bodies of 24 of the 44 victims and a massive search for more victims is proceeding intensively in the whole province," Mr Vo told AFP from Yen Bai City, about 200km northwest of Hanoi.
One death also occurred in each of the neighbouring mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Phu Tho, and two each in the coastal Nam Dinh and Thanh Hoa areas.
The typhoon, which packed winds of up to 200km/h, pummelled the Philippines, southern China and Vietnam during a week-long sweep before blowing itself out over Laos yesterday.