More than 200,000 people in Vietnam took shelter in shelters on Tuesday as Super Typhoon Noru barreled toward its central coast, forecasters predicting the storm will be one of the biggest to hit the country.
DANANG, Vietnam, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 27th Sep, 2022 ) :More than 200,000 people in Vietnam took shelter in shelters on Tuesday as Super Typhoon Noru barreled toward its central coast, forecasters predicting the storm will be one of the worst to hit the country. .
About half of Vietnam’s airports were closed, schools and offices across several provinces – including the busy city of Danang – were closed and residents rushed to seek shelter ahead of the typhoon’s expected arrival on Wednesday.
After hitting the Philippines earlier this week, where it killed six people, Noru is forecast to make landfall as a super typhoon before 11 a.m. (0400 GMT) and then downgrade to a severe typhoon as it moves inland.
Vietnam’s flood and storm control authorities said winds reached 160 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour), the same as Typhoon Xangsane – which hit Danang in 2006 and killed 76 people.
Authorities said they evacuated about 260,000 people from their homes, including in the popular tourist town of Hoi An, where residents were brought to a primary school.
“I wanted to leave. My house is not very strong.
I’m afraid the roof might blow off if the typhoon hits,” Huynh Mua told AFP, carrying a plastic bag filled with clothes, a blanket and several packets of instant noodles.
The roofs of more than 300 houses in the coastal province of Quang Tri province were blown off late Tuesday night as winds began to pick up speed. In nearby Hue, trees were blown to the ground.
All shops and hotels were closed in Danang, Vietnam’s third-largest city, while residents were banned from the streets.
The Defense Ministry has mobilized around 40,000 soldiers and 200,000 militia members equipped with armored vehicles and boats to prepare for rescue and relief operations, state media said.
Noru would be only the sixth major typhoon to hit Vietnam since 1945, according to data from the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Noru hit the Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday and Monday, uprooting trees, cutting power and flooding low-lying communities.
Five rescuers were killed after being sent to help flooded residents, and one died in a landslide. Officials estimate about $2.4 million worth of crop damage.