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Tropical storm hits north Vietnam

A tropical storm has slammed into the north coast of Vietnam, forcing the evacuation of thousands of homes.

Trees were knocked down and roofs of buildings blown off throughout the north-central coastal area of the south-east Asian country.

Weather forecasters said the storm, named Mindulle, strengthened on Tuesday as it moved across the South China Sea. Its winds reached 73 mph.

The major storm, the third to hit the country this year, made landfall on the coast on Tuesday in Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces.

Disaster official Nguyen Huu Nhung of Nghe An said the winds knocked down many trees and blew off roofs of houses in the city of Vinh, the provincial capital.

He said authorities had begun moving around 74,000 people out of coastal villages.

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