Of­fi­cials say it may be the most pow­er­ful storm in a decade

New Straits Times - - World -

HEAVY rain and wind lashed Viet­nam’s cen­tral coast yes­ter­day as Ty­phoon Dok­suri made land­fall, prompt­ing mass evac­u­a­tions as of­fi­cials pre­dicted it could be the most pow­er­ful storm in a decade.

Trees were torn down and author­i­ties cut power in some ar­eas to avoid ac­ci­dents as res­i­dents who re­mained in their homes hun­kered down.

“The kids stayed at home and there’s not much in the mar­kets. I bought enough in­stant noo­dles for the fam­ily, so I think we’re good,” Nghe An res­i­dent Nguyen Thi Hue, 58, said.

The storm clocked 165kph winds be­fore it reached the coast yes­ter­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Hong Kong Ob­ser­va­tory, which clas­si­fied Dok­suri as a “se­vere ty­phoon”.

One per­son died in Hue prov­ince when he was swept away in a river fol­low­ing heavy rains, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s web­site.

A 3-year-old child was in­jured after the roof blew off her house, the web­site added.

More than 79,000 peo­ple were evac­u­ated across four prov­inces ex­pected to be hard­est hit, the Viet­nam Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Author­ity said. It pre­dicted the storm could be the worst to hit Viet­nam in a decade.

Of­fi­cials or­dered all boats and res­i­dents to stay on­shore.

“The prov­inces are fo­cus­ing on evac­u­at­ing re­main­ing house­holds to en­sure peo­ple’s safety,” Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Nguyen Xuan Cuong said on state-run Viet­nam Tele­vi­sion (VTV).

“We also need to en­cour­age fish­er­men to leave their boats, it could be harm­ful to their lives.”

The storm reached Ha Tinh and Quang Binh prov­inces yes­ter­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to VTV, with neighbouring Nghe An and Quang Tri prov­inces also ex­pected to be bat­tered.

Dozens of flights to the area were can­celled, and most schools were closed.

The Viet­nam Red Cross So­ci­ety said it was do­nat­ing US$45,000 (RM188,000) and send­ing es­sen­tial sup­plies to the area along with vol­un­teers who were help­ing peo­ple leave their homes.

The gov­ern­ment said on Thurs­day it had 250,000 sol­diers on standby, along with a fleet of ve­hi­cles and boats at the ready.


A woman rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle across a bridge in the cen­tral prov­ince of Ha Tinh as Ty­phoon Dok­suri makes land­fall on Viet­nam’s cen­tral coast.

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