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Typhoon Xangsane Batters Vietnam


Typhoon Xangsane has slammed into Vietnam, killing at least two people.

The typhoon hit the central city of Danang Sunday morning, battering the heavily populated area with strong wind and heavy rains. The storm toppled trees and power lines. At least least 70 people were injured.

Vietnam has evacuated more than 180,000 people from the country's central provinces and recalled fishing boats from danger zones.

Officials in Vietnam say they have mobilized police, the military and local governments in at least 10 provinces to respond to what they are calling the most dangerous storm in 30 years.

Vietnam Airlines has grounded all domestic flights, and train services are suspended.

Xangsane, which means "elephant" in the Lao language, killed 76 people and left 69 missing in the Philippines before moving on to Vietnam.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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