Quang Ngai province in the central part of South Vietnam is one of the poorest and least developed in the country.
Flooded streets in Phu Binh, about ten miles west of Quang Ngai city.
Flooded roads in surrounding countryside.
Damaged village information hall.
Banana plantations destroyed by high winds.
Huts in refugee camps flooded or damaged.
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Background: Quang Ngai province in the central part of South Vietnam is one of the poorest and least developed in the country. It has suffered severely from the war. The massacre village of My Lai is in this area. Now it has been ravaged by typhoon Hester, one of the worst natural disasters to hit the province since the war. Gusting winds destroyed homes, flooded towns and washed away communications. Eight people were killed and hundreds made homeless, many of them refugees who were already without homes; their camps were blown down or flooded.