Tropical storm Nock-Ten left two people dead and caused economic losses of 377 million yuan (S$58 million) in China’s island province of Hainan, where it landed two days ago, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing the provincial flood control office.

Nock-Ten, the eighth and most powerful storm to strike China so far this year, affected 756,200 people in Hainan, according to the news agency. Strong winds and heavy rains hit the island and some coastal provinces, disrupting shipping and flight services, before the storm moved south to Vietnam.

The storm developed into a tropical depression late on Saturday in northern Vietnam, according to an emailed statement from China National Meteorological Centre yesterday.

At least one person was killed by Nock-ten in north-central Vietnam, after leaving a path of destruction in the Philippines.

Disaster official Mr Nguyen Xuan Hung of central Nghe An province says a 68-year-old man was electrocuted by a falling power line on Saturday.

The government says some 6,200 acres (2,500 hectares) of rice and other crop fields were submerged. More than 44,000 people in six provinces were evacuated ahead of the storm.

Weather forecasters say the storm downgraded into a tropical depression after making landfall Saturday evening and is expected to dissipate later Sunday in central Laos.

Nock-ten left at least 50 people dead and 25 missing in the Philippines.

 
 
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