Vietnam shuts airports, imposes curfews as Typhoon Noru nears | Inquirer News

Vietnam shuts airports, imposes curfews as Typhoon Noru nears

/ 08:00 PM September 27, 2022

FILE PHOTO: Residents wait on the roof of their homes for the flooding to subside after Super Typhoon Noru, in San Miguel, Bulacan province, Philippines, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

HANOI — Vietnam closed airports, announced curfews, and urged thousands more people to evacuate on Tuesday as intensifying Typhoon Noru barreled towards the country, two days after causing at least eight deaths and widespread flooding in the Philippines.

Hundreds of flights in Vietnam were canceled and thousands of people started to evacuate their homes in central provinces, in anticipation of one of the most powerful storms to hit the country in 20 years.

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Wind speeds could reach 183 km (113.71 miles) per hour late on Tuesday, the meteorological agency said, adding that Noru was expected to make landfall on Wednesday before weakening and heading to Thailand.

About 270,000 military personnel were placed on standby in Vietnam, as Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh urged authorities to expedite preparations.

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“We don’t have much time left. The storm is intensifying so our responses must be stronger and faster,” he told an emergency meeting on Tuesday.

“Evacuation must be done as soon as possible with top priorities being people’s lives and assets.”

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The central provinces of Quang Ngai, where a major oil refinery is located, and Quang Nam, home to the World Heritage site of Hoi An, were expected to be worst hit.

Footage from state television showed people fortifying their homes with bricks and sandbags in Quang Nam province, where a curfew was imposed and more than 133,000 residents were forced to leave their homes.

Local governments ordered curfews also in the popular tourist cities of Danang and Hue.

Authorities were racing to secure the country’s coffee growing areas north of the Central Highlands region ahead of a typhoon the meteorological agency said was packing wind speeds of 134 kph to 149 kph early on Tuesday.

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“The storm is so strong that we’ve started feeling the impact even when it has not made landfall yet,” Mai Van Khiem, chief of Vietnam’s weather agency said, adding the most dangerous time would be a 10-12 hour period from late Tuesday.

Noru was the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year and killed at least eight people when it made landfall on Sunday night, flooding farmland and communities and damaging an estimated 1.29 billion Philippine pesos ($21.82 million) of crops, mainly rice.

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Footage from a local broadcaster showed police cutting up fallen trees blocking roads in Quezon province, and residents sorting through debris with their hands.

About 46,000 people were sheltering in evacuation centers on Tuesday and many more were left without electricity, the disaster agency said.

($1 = 59.1080 Philippine pesos)

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