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Typhoon-proof homes in Vietnam build hope for disaster-prone areas

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BANGKOK, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Typhoon Nari hit Vietnam's central coast in October 2013, it damaged hundreds of houses in Danang city but left 245 specially constructed homes unscathed, prompting hopes that a project to storm-proof houses could be expanded.

Up to 122,000 people had to evacuate to higher ground before the typhoon hit the coast with wind speeds of up to 102 km per hour (63 mph), and soldiers were sent to help residents of Danang, a booming tourist destination, to reinforce their homes.

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