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Wild weather continues to rock Asia

Hilary Hagerman, staff writer
September 30, 2011 — Vietnam prepares for a tropical storm as the Philippines brace for another typhoon. Several other Asian countries are reeling after a summer of wild weather.

Damage in Hanoi, China
Damage in Hanoi, China

Tropical storm Nesat barrelled towards Vietnam on Friday morning as the Philippines braced for a new typhoon.

Several other Asian countries are also reeling after being pummeled by wild weather this summer.

20,000 people have already been evacuated from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Strong wind and heavy rains were reported and warnings were issued for flash floods and landslides in some areas.

The storm comes on top of seasonal flooding in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, where eight people have been killed in four provinces this week alone.

On Thursday, the storm flooded the southern Chinese island of Hainan, forcing 300,000 people to flee their homes.

On Tuesday, Nesat rocked the Philippines, where it was blamed for at least 43 deaths and left 30 people missing. The damage was estimated at over $90 million.

Water is still waist-high in some areas of the Philippines
Water is still waist-high in some areas of the Philippines

Residents are already bracing themselves for another typhoon heading towards the northern Philippines. Typhoon Nalgae is expected to make landfall late Saturday or early Sunday as a Category 3 storm with winds up to 210 km/h.

Prolonged monsoon flooding, storms and typhoons have left more than 600 people dead or missing in the Philippines, India, Thailand, Pakistan, Japan, China and Vietnam in the last four months.

In India alone, the damage is estimated at least $1 billion. The Orissa state accouts for $726 million alone.

Two typhoons hit Japan this month, leaving 100 people dead or missing.In Thailand, 188 people were killed and three remain missing after a series of tropical storms have been pounding the country since late July.

Monsoon rains have flooded parts of Pakistan's southern Sindh province, which is still recovering from similar flooding last summer. Over 7 million people were affected.

With files from the Associated Press

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