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Typhoon Kai Tak Kills 18 in Vietnam

Authorities in Vietnam say Typhoon Kai Tak killed at least 18 people, and emergency workers are still searching for bodies.

Weather officials say the typhoon dissipated Wednesday after battering the coast of central Vietnam.

Authorities say deaths have been reported in several regions, including the provinces of Quang Ngai and Thua Thien Hue. At least six people are missing.

Vietnam's official news agency says heavy rain and widespread flooding inundated thousands of homes and severely damaged roads and other infrastructure.

Thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed.

The typhoon also prompted Chinese President Hu Jintao to cut short his visit to Vietnam.

Official reports say damage from the typhoon is estimated at $1.7 million.

Some information for this report provided AFP, AP and Reuters.