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Vietnam estimates Typhoon Ketsana damage at US$120m

HANOI, Oct 1 (AFP) -- Typhoon Ketsana caused an estimated 120 million dollars damage to Vietnam, the government said on Thursday in a report.

The initial damage estimate covers five of 12 provinces affected by the typhoon which made landfall on Tuesday, killing 92 people and leaving 19 missing, said the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control (CCFSC).

A detailed report, obtained by AFP, said the disaster flooded more than 170,000 homes, left a similar number with damaged roofs, and caused the collapse of more than 6,300 other houses, mostly in Quang Nam province.

It said 503 schools were also damaged, along with many community health centres and hospitals.

Losses to farm animals were heaviest in Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces where about 147,000 poultry, more than 1,600 head of cattle and 2,800 pigs died, the CCFSC report said.

Almost 50,000 hectares (20,000 acres) of rice paddy, sugar cane, corn and other agricultural land were damaged, it added.

The report said more than 14,500 high-tension power poles broke in the typhoon.

Authorities on Thursday said they were stepping up efforts to deliver food to stranded victims.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited the flood-hit central provinces, where local officials asked the government for 24,100 tonnes (26,510 tons) of rice and about 40 million dollars to confront the disaster, VNExpress news website reported. (AFP)

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