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Typhoon buffets central Vietnam
Vietnamese residents wade through a flooded street after typhoon Kai Tak hit Quang Ngai province, central Vietnam Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005.
Quang Nga province was badly hit
At least 18 people have been killed in Vietnam as Typhoon Kai Tak hit central areas of the country.

The rains have also destroyed thousands of hectares of farmland in 10 provinces and disrupted transport, submerging a section of the north-south railway.

The typhoon has now moved to the north along the coast and weakened.

Kai Tak is the eighth typhoon to hit Vietnam this year. About 30 people were killed by heavy rains in the state in the last two weeks of October.

More than 60 people were killed when Typhoon Damrey struck the country in September.

Chinese President Hu Jintao was forced to cancel a visit to the city of Danang because of Kai Tak, named after Hong Kong's old airport.

Deaths were reported in the provinces of Quang Ngai and Thua Thien-Hue.

A Filipino who was working in a gold mine in Quang Nam province was also reported missing.

About 18,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, most from Quang Ngai, said Nguyen Van Huang, an official in the flood control department in Danang.

Vietnam, which has a long coastline facing the South China Se is frequently hit by typhoons and tropical storms.

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