Typhoon “Damrey” hit southern Vietnam on Saturday, November 4, 2017 as the strongest storm to hit that part of the country in 16 years. At least 27 people died and 22 are still missing, as of Sunday morning, November 5.  Damrey made landfall near Nha Trang as a Category 2 hurricane equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This region, normally spared typhoons that typically hit further not, hasn’t experienced a typhoon this strong since Lingling of November 2001. The worst

affected in terms of winds was Nha Trang and its surrounding communities. In terms of heavy rain, flooding and landslides, the area most affected expanded north across central Vietnam and into Laos. Nearly 255 mm (10 inches) of rain was measured in Qui Nhon within 24 hours (ending Saturday evening, local time). During the same period, 130 mm (5.10 inches) was recorded in Nha Trang and 102 mm (4.02 inches) in Da Nang. Damrey’s strong winds and heavy rain caused widespread power outages, damaged more than 40 000 homes and destroyed at least 600 others, CONTINUE