Churches not spared as typhoon ravages central Vietnam

Typhoon Damrey killed over 40 people, damaged buildings including church facilities
Churches not spared as typhoon ravages central Vietnam

Father Dominic Nguyen Thanh Van of Cau Ke Parish visits a woman who had the roof of her house blown off by Typhoon Damrey in Nha Trang city. (Photo courtesy of Cau Ke Parish)

November 7, 2017
Typhoon Damrey has killed dozens of people and caused serious damage to church facilities in Vietnam's south central provinces.

The typhoon with winds of up to 90 kph and heavy rains hit 10 south central provinces on Nov. 4, leaving 46 dead and 15 injured, according to government reports issued Nov. 6.

The typhoon also destroyed 1,350 houses, damaged 115,000 other houses, sank 1,300 fishing boats, inundated 20,000 hectares of crops, knocked down hundreds of electricity poles and uprooted trees, said reports.

In Nha Trang Diocese, a church source said the Bishop's House and many convents and churches were badly damaged by the typhoon.

Carmelites of Sacred Heart Sister Mary Nguyen Thi Nguyet said the roof of her convent based in Nha Trang City was completely blown away. Eight nuns had to relocate to Ngoc Thuy Church, she said.

"We have never experienced such a powerful storm," Sister Nguyet said.

"We need support from other people to repair our facilities and return to a normal life," the nun said.

This has been the 12th storm to hit Vietnam this year. The country of 93 million people is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline.

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