VN braces for ‘strongest storm in a decade’
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.
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.