Death toll from Vietnam storm tops 60 and dams near bursting

DANANG, Vietnam, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The death toll from a typhoon and ensuing floods in Vietnam reached 61 on Monday and the government said some reservoirs were dangerously near capacity after persistent rain.

Typhoon Damrey tore across central Vietnam at the weekend just days before the region is due to host the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, among them U.S. President Donald Trump, China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

The Communist state’s Search and Rescue Committee said 61 people had been killed and 28 were recorded as missing. It said some of the victims were in vessels that capsized at sea. Others were killed in landslides. It did not give a full breakdown.

More than 2,000 homes had collapsed and more than 80,000 had been damaged, it said. Roads that had been flooded or washed away caused traffic jams across several provinces.

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People ride motorcycles along flooded road after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People go along flooded road after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
Residents sit on their flooded fashion shop after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
Officials sail a boat out of a submerged local government building after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
Dogs stand on a flooded drink shop after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
Residents sit on their flooded fashion shop after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
People ride a motorcycle along flooded road after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
A man pushes his motorcycle along flooded road after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
A man pushes his motorcycle along a flooded road after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
People walk along a flooded road after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
A man walks along a flooded petrol station after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
People walk along a flooded road after typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam in Hue city, Vietnam November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
Vietnamese soldiers help rescue a sunken fishing boat on a river in the central province of Phu Yen on November 5, 2017, a day after Typhoon Damrey hit central Vietnam. / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents and tourists are transported by boats through floodwaters in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017, one day after Typhoon Damrey made landfall in central Vietnam. At least 27 people have died and nearly two dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said, ripping off roofs and submerging highways days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A boat driver waits for customers in a flooded area in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017, one day after Typhoon Damrey made landfall in central Vietnam. At least 27 people have died and nearly two dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said, ripping off roofs and submerging highways days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents are transported by boats through floodwaters in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017, one day after Typhoon Damrey made landfall in central Vietnam. At least 27 people have died and nearly two dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said, ripping off roofs and submerging highways days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents are transported by boats through floodwaters in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017, one day after Typhoon Damrey made landfall in central Vietnam. At least 27 people have died and nearly two dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said, ripping off roofs and submerging highways days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Local residents navigate a boat in the flooded tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017 a day after the typhoon Damrey landed on central Vietnam. At least 27 people have died and nearly two dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said, ripping off roofs and submerging highways days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Local residents stand inside their flooded home in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017 a day after the typhoon Damrey landed on central Vietnam. At least 27 people have died and nearly two dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said, ripping off roofs and submerging highways days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on November 4, 2017 shows soldiers fixing the damaged roof of a local home in the central province of Quang Ngai after Typhoon Damrey hit central Vietnam. At least 19 people have died and a dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said on November 5, just days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on November 4, 2017 shows a fishing boat pushed ashore in the central province of Binh Dinh after Typhoon Damrey hit central Vietnam. At least 19 people have died and a dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said on November 5, just days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on November 4, 2017 shows men removing fallen trees on a street in Nha Trang after Typhoon Damrey hit central Vietnam. At least 19 people have died and a dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said on November 5, just days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on November 4, 2017 shows cars riding past a damaged electrical pole in Tuy Hoa in the central province of Phu Yen after Typhoon Damrey hit central Vietnam. At least 19 people have died and a dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said on November 5, just days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This picture taken on November 4, 2017 shows people walking through floodwaters on a highway in the central province of Dak Lak brought by Typhoon Damrey. At least 19 people have died and a dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said on November 5, just days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired an emergency meeting on the disaster. Ministers said that because some dams were so full, water might need to be released to relieve pressure - potentially worsening flooding downstream.

In Danang, authorities called on soldiers and local people to clean up so that the beach resort would be ready for delegates to the meetings of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries, which started on Monday.

Leaders are due to meet from Nov. 10 and organizers said the schedule had not been disrupted because of the weather.

But in much of the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site that spouses of APEC leaders are scheduled to visit on Saturday, muddy waters rose to head height and people boated through the streets.

Hoang Tran Son, 37, who left his home there when the water reached his chest, said it was the worst flooding he had seen for decades.

"We’re pretty much all right in the city, but people in remote areas are devastated," he said.

The storm moved from the coastal area into a key coffee-growing region of the world’s biggest producer of robusta coffee beans. The typhoon had damaged some coffee trees at the start of the harvest season, farm officials said. But farmers in Daklak, the heart of the region, said the damage was limited.

Authorities said that more than 7,000 farm animals had been killed.

Floods killed more than 80 people in northern Vietnam last month, while a typhoon wreaked havoc in central provinces in September. The country of more than 90 million people is prone to destructive storms and flooding, due to its long coastline.

(Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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