Residents Pick Up Pieces After Ketsana’s Deadly Rampage

By: (CNN)
By: (CNN)

(CNN) — Ketsana, downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical depression, set its sights on a fourth nation Wednesday — barreling toward Laos after leaving a trail of destruction and death across southeast Asia.

By Wednesday morning, the death toll from the storm’s rage had topped 325: at least 246 in the Philippines, 74 in Vietnam and nine in Cambodia.

With heavy rains still lashing Vietnam, some major roads were closed and rivers and flood waters were rising. But the airport in the coastal city of Danang, which had been closed for three days, reopened Wednesday.

Workers used chainsaws to clear toppled trees from roads so rescue crews could rush relief supplies to the worst-hit areas. Families waded through knee-deep water to salvage precious belongings from flooded houses.

In addition to the 74 deaths, the Vietnamese government said 179 people were injured.

The numbers, the government said, are expected to rise because officials have not been able to reach some isolated areas.

Vietnam has not asked for aid but some international relief agencies were providing help, which the government accepted.

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