Vietnam, Philippines Battered By Storms

Typhoon Gloria gained strength as it barreled through the Philippines’ northernmost islands Thursday, leaving at least 12 people dead and forcing thousands from their homes.

Farther west in Vietnam, Tropical Storm Frankie left a least 17 people dead and dozens missing after battering the northern Red River delta for nearly two days, officials said Thursday.

The crew members of 40 fishing vessels were among the missing after Frankie swept in from the Tonkin Gulf late Tuesday with winds of 56 miles an hour and dumped up to 8 inches of rain on Hanoi, the port city of Haiphong and five provinces, Vietnam News said. Skies cleared Thursday.

In the Philippines, Typhoon Gloria was heading toward southern Taiwan, packing winds of up to 106 mph, the Manila weather bureau said.

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