Vietnam spared terror of Typhoon Tembin

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By Everton Gayle
Vietnam spared terror of Typhoon Tembin

Vietnam has been spared the terror of Tembin, which left a trail of death and destruction in the Phillippines.

The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical depression on Tuesday and failed to make landfall in the south-east Asian country.

Nearly a million people were told to prepare for evacuation and some 70,000 were moved from low-lying areas to nearby schools.

Over the weekend, Tembin unleashed landslides and flash floods in the Philippines that killed at least 230 people and left 171 others missing.

Amateur footage obtained by the Associated Press showed the damage near Zamboanga Peninsula - one of the hardest-hit areas along with Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur provinces.

More than 97,000 people remained in 261 evacuation centres across the southern Philippines while nearly 85,000 others were displaced and staying elsewhere, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.