VN braces for ‘strong­est storm in a decade’

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

VIET­NAM yes­ter­day or­dered tens of thou­sands of peo­ple to evac­u­ate its cen­tral coastal area as Typhoon Dok­suri closed in, with of­fi­cials pre­dict­ing the storm could be the most pow­er­ful in a decade.

Dok­suri is ex­pected to make land­fall in Viet­nam at mid­day to­day, pack­ing heavy winds and rain.

Of­fi­cials or­dered an off­shore fish­ing ban, while some 47,000 peo­ple in Ha Tinh prov­ince be­gan leav­ing their homes yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial from theViet­nam Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Aut hor i t y who de­clined to be named.

The storm is fore­cast to lash four cen­tral prov­inces with heavy rain and winds of up to 155 kilo­me­tres per hour, ac­cord­ing to the Hong Kong Ob­ser­va­tory.

Pan­icked res­i­dents for­ti­fied their homes and hauled boats in from the wa­ter yes­ter­day.

“We have pre­pared sand­bags to put on the roof so when the storm arrives it won’t be blown off,” Nguyen Thi Que, a res­i­dent of Ha Tinh prov­ince, said on state-con­trolled news site Zing.

Fur­ther evac­u­a­tions are ex­pected in neigh­bour­ing Quang Binh and Quang Tri prov­inces.

“[We] have to evac­u­ate peo­ple res­o­lutely, even force­fully . . . to avoid any ca­su­al­ties when the storm arrives,” Viet­nam’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Trinh Dinh Dung said yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to footage on Zing.

Viet­nam is­sued a cat­e­gory four “dan­ger” warn­ing, the sec­ond most se­vere of its warn­ing sys­tem, as dis­as­ter man­age­ment of­fi­cials said it will be the worst storm to hit Viet­nam in 10 years.

The South­east Asian na­tion is rou­tinely hit by trop­i­cal storms from around May to Oc­to­ber, with its cen­tral coast most fre­quently af­fected.

AFP

Fish­er­men tie up their fish­ing boat an­chored at a port in the cen­tral prov­ince of Thua Thien Hue yes­ter­day as Typhoon Dok­suri is ap­proach­ing the coun­try’s cen­tral coast.

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