Typhoon Son-Tinh kills at least 32 in Asia


The skyline of downtown Manila shrouded in cloud and haze as Son-Tinh left the capital city on Oct. 25, 2012.


Ted Aljibe

(UPDATED: Oct. 30, 8:51 p.m.) While Hurricane Sandy has pounded the Americas over the past few days, the other side of the world has been enduring some extreme weather of its own.

At least 32 people have been killed across Southeast Asia by Typhoon Son-Tinh, which swept through the Philippines and China last week before hitting Vietnam on Sunday night, CNN reported.

Vietnam's disaster agency reported on Tuesday that seven people were dead, five were missing and 43 injured after the storm, called Storm 8 locally, landed in Vietnam, the Associated Press reported.

Some 260,000 people relocated to safer areas ahead of the storm, which had winds that reached 83 miles per hour and tore roofs off houses, CNN reported. Son-Tinh damaged more than 13,000 houses and nearly 47,000 acres of rice crops, according to the AP.

In the Philippines, Son-Tinh killed at least 27 people and injured 19, UPI reported. More than 11,000 people evacuated their homes. The storm hit the Mimaropa, Calabarzon and Visayas regions the hardest, according to UPI.

In China, five people were missing on Monday after their boat sank when it ran into Son-Tinh in the South China Sea off Sanya on southern Hainan province, UPI reported. China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said one person was killed in the southern part of the country, according to the AP.

It's estimated that Son-Tinh caused tens of millions of dollars worth of damage across the three countries, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to the LA Times:

In the Vietnamese province of Nam Dinh alone, local media estimated the damages ran as high as $45 million, with farms swamped and electricity damaged, the UN reported.

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