It Killed Dozens in Philippines. Now It's Headed to Vietnam

Almost half a million people are preparing to evacuate as Typhoon Vamco barrels their way
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 14, 2020 9:00 AM CST
As Killer Typhoon Heads Their Way, 460K Prepare to Evacuate
A coast guard officer speaks on a megaphone at a fishing boat shelter in Quang Binh province in Vietnam on Saturday.   (Nguyen Duc Tho/VNA via AP)

Vietnamese authorities on Saturday ordered some 460,000 people in the country's central region to be ready for evacuation ahead of Typhoon Vamco, after the storm killed at least 42 people and left 20 others missing in the Philippines, state television reported. The typhoon, which is forecast to hit Vietnam on Sunday morning, could pack winds of up to 93mph as it approaches the country's already flood-battered central coast, according to the national weather agency. Video aired by national television broadcaster VTV showed high waves slamming into Ly Son Island, located about 15 miles from shore, on Saturday afternoon, per the AP. About 1,000 people on the island who live by the sea were moved to shelters farther inland.

Local authorities in other central provinces have been reinforcing sea dikes and evacuating elderly people and children to safe buildings to avoid casualties from the typhoon, VTV said. The country has also shut down five airports and suspended train operations throughout the region, the broadcaster reported. In just over a month, Vietnam's central region has seen seven tropical storms and typhoons, causing floods and landslides that killed 235 people and caused an estimated $740,000 in damage in several provinces. The rain from the storms has caused the worst flooding in the region in more than 30 years.

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