Typhoon Kills 32 in Vietnam

Military clears villagers from flood-prone areas as Ketsana grows stronger
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2009 11:32 AM CDT
The Han River floods over Bach Dang Street in Danang, Vietnam earlier today as Typhoon Ketsana approaches.   (AP Photo/Vietnam News Agency, Van Son)
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(Newser) – Typhoon Ketsana slammed central Vietnam today, flooding towns and villages and killing at least 32 people. Roughly 170,000 people were evacuated before the storm hit. State-run TV called it the worst storm the country had seen in more than three decades. Meanwhile, the death toll in the Philippines climbed to 246, Reuters reports. Officials there estimate the economic damage at nearly $100 million.