efe-epaBangkok Desk

At least three people were killed and more than 100,000 houses have been damaged as Typhoon Doksuri battered central Vietnam, the authorities said on Saturday.

The typhoon, which entered the country with winds of 135 kilometers per hour and heavy rainfall, has left three dead in Thua Thien-Hue, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Control.

ASEAN's humanitarian aid center said it estimated more than 100,000 houses have been damaged in central Vietnam, the area affected by the typhoon.

Around 80 percent of the buildings including schools, sanatoriums and religious premises in Ky Anh in Ha Tinh province have been damaged, Vietnam Net reported.

ASEAN's humanitarian assistance center said the authorities resorted to power cuts in large parts as a preventive measure, which will affect more than 1.3 million people, according to local media.

People's committee head in Thua Thien-Hue, Nguyen Van Cao, said water in dams and reserves in the province were at acceptable levels, and they had food and fuel stored in case of the prolonged impact of Doksuri.

The typhoon arrived Friday in Ha Tinh province and, according to forecasts, it is due to move west into Laos, dropping intensity gradually.

Doksuri is the tenth typhoon so far this year in Vietnam, where natural disasters have claimed the lives of at least 140 people, according to official data.

The typhoon reached Vietnam from the Philippines, where it left four people dead and 18 missing, besides causing floods and significant material damages.

Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on Thursday had warned that Doksuri could be the worst typhoon to hit the country in a decade.