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  • 31 October 2012, 2:58

Typhoon Son-Tinh Hits Vietnam And South China

A typhoon has now killed 32 people across Asia - and left scenes of devastation to rival Superstorm Sandy in the US.

Typhoon Son-Tinh blew the roofs off more than 13,000 homes in Vietnam, killing at least seven people and damaged nearly 19,000 hectares (47,000 acres) of rice crops.

Vietnam's disaster agency reported the death toll and said five people were still missing and 43 injured after the storm ripped through the north of the country.

In southern China, the typhoon killed one person and left another five missing, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

Son-Tinh triggered torrential rain, causing massive damage across the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and nearby Hainan Province.

The typhoon weakened to a tropical storm in Guangxi, bringing flooding to cities including Nanning, Qinzhou, Fangchenggang and Beihai.

Eight streets in the centre of Dongxing were submerged and more than 120 shops flooded after rain from the typhoon caused water levels of the Beilun River to rise dramatically.

The typhoon has affected more than a million people in Hainan Province, with one reported casualty and five others missing.

It also caused damage to crops covering 41,100 hectares (101,500 acres), with a direct economic loss of 910 million yuan (91m).

Son-Tinh was a tropical storm when it swept through the central Philippines, killing 24 people and leaving six missing.

It gained typhoon strength with sustained wind speeds of up to 92mph (149kph) as it crossed the South China Sea.