A man looks at a tourist boat sinking in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo)
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (USA TODAY) - Residents of Vietnam breathed a sign of
relief Monday as Typhoon Haiyan made its way across the border into
China, sparing the country the worst of the deadly storm.
typhoon had landed in in the northern province of Quang Ninh at around 3
a.m. Monday with sustained winds of 75 mph, the equivalent of a
Category One hurricane. Although it produced heavy rainfall of up to 12
inches in some areas and strong winds, damage was relatively limited.
Linh, a 27 year-old university English teacher in the northern city of
Haiphong, where tens of thousands of people had been evacuated on
Sunday, said by phone that the rain had stopped and life was quickly
returning to normal on Monday morning.
"First, we felt fortunate
that (Typhoon Haiyan) didn't come to the middle of the country. And then
we were glad that it was smaller than the forecast here. We all heard
that it was going to be a very big storm," she said.
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were uprooted, billboards collapsed and roofs were blown off of some
houses in Quang Ninh and Haiphong provinces. Heavy rains and wind caused
coastal road flooding and power outages, and a 170-foot TV tower was
reported toppled in the city of Uong Bi.
Local media reported 13
dead as a result of accidents during storm preparations on Sunday, but
there were no additional reports of deaths Monday.
Francis Markus, spokesman for the Red Cross in Vietnam, said that the
relief agency would not seek to mobilize emergency funding for Vietnam
because the impact wasn't sufficiently serious to warrant it.
very lucky that this present storm system has not given rise to huge
new needs," he said. "Vietnam had a very lucky escape today."
southern China, where the weakened remnants of the storm produced heavy
rains on Monday, at least six are dead and five missing from Hainan and
Guanxi provinces, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.
Philippines is still reeling from the destruction that Typhoon Haiyan
brought on Sunday. As many as 10,000 people may have died when one of
the most powerful typhoons ever recorded destroyed entire villages and
devastated cities with huge waves and winds of nearly 150 mph.