Vietnam is bracing for Typhoon Noru which caused at least eight deaths and widespread flooding as it passed through the Philippines.
Typhoon Noru turns to Vietnam after hitting the Philippines
Vietnam has urged more people to evacuate as an intensifying Typhoon Noru barrells towards the southeast Asian nation, after causing at least eight deaths and widespread flooding in the Philippines.
Wind speeds were seen reaching 183km/h late on Tuesday, the country’s meteorological agency said, adding that Noru was expected to make landfall in Vietnam on Wednesday before weakening and moving on to Thailand.
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The typhoon forced airports in Vietnam to close, causing travel disruption, while thousands were forced to evacuate their homes, according to official statements. Wind speeds reached 134-149km/h early on Tuesday, the meteorological agency said.
“We don’t have much time left. The storm is intensifying so our responses must be stronger and faster,” Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said at an emergency disaster response meeting on Tuesday.