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Vietnam evacuating low-lying areas as strong typhoon nears

Vietnam evacuating low-lying areas as strong typhoon nears

People move fishing boats to save place ahead of Typhoon Molave in Danang, Vietnam on Oct 26, 2020. (Photo: VNA via AP/Tran Le Lam)

HANOI: Vietnam scrambled on Tuesday (Oct 27) to evacuate more than a million people in its central lowlands as a strong typhoon approached while some regions are still dealing with the aftermath of recent killer floods, state media said.

Typhoon Molave is forecast to slam into Vietnam’s south-central coast with sustained winds of up to 135kmh on Wednesday morning, according to the official Vietnam News Agency. 

READ: Nearly 9,000 flee homes in Philippines as Molave intensifies into typhoon

The typhoon left at least 3 people dead and 13 missing and displaced more than 120,000 villagers in the Philippines before blowing toward Vietnam.

Residents wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus wade through a flooded road from Typhoon Molave in Pampanga province, northern Philippines on Monday, Oct 26, 2020. (Photo: AP/Aaron Favila)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered provincial authorities late Monday to prepare to evacuate about 1.3 million people in regions lying on the typhoon’s path.

“We must keep our guard up to protect the lives of the people. That is the utmost important task to get people to safe places,” Phuc was quoted as saying in an emergency meeting with officials in charge of disaster response.

Those living in vulnerable, low-lying areas will head to sturdier shelters inland. The number of people to be evacuated may shrink as the typhoon's path becomes more certain.

People remove beach cabanas ahead of Typhoon Molave in Danang, Vietnam on Oct 26, 2020. (Photo: VNA via AP/Tran Le Lam)

Phuc expressed fears that Molave, the latest disturbance to threaten Vietnam this month, could be as deadly as Typhoon Damrey, which battered the country’s central region in 2017 and left more than a hundred people dead.

The central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Hue were hit hard by severe flooding and landslides that killed 136 people and left dozens missing early this month. Torrential rains are expected in the still-flooded and isolated region, Vietnam News said.

READ: Vietnam ready to evacuate 1.3 million people as Typhoon Molave approaches

In the Philippines, most of the people who left their high-risk communities for shelters during the storm were starting to return home after the weather cleared. 

A small number of evacuees whose houses were destroyed or blown away will stay longer in evacuation centers until they find new shelters.

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