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East Sea braced for huge Typhoon Usagi

Update: September, 21/2013 - 09:42
A rescue team provides supplies to local residents in Quang Tri Province's Huong Hoa District following a recent storm. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau

HA NOI (VNS)— Typhoon Usagi, believed to be the world's strongest storm of 2013, is forecast to hit the East Sea early today.

The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported that at 1pm yesterday afternoon the storm was located about 290km to the north-east of the Philippines' Luzon Island, with wind speeds ranging from 184 to 221km per hour.

The storm is moving north-west at 20km per hour.

Although Usagi is still far away, initial forecasts suggest that the storm will affect the country's northern region, said Le Thanh Hai, the centre's Deputy Director.

The centre is predicting rough waters in the northern and central parts of the East Sea this morning.

Meanwhile, central Viet Nam is still suffering the effects of the eighth tropical storm to hit the country this year, two women and three children still missing after their car was swept away by floodwater on Thursday in Nghe An Province's Nghia Hong Commune.

Twenty rescuers rushed to the scene, but their job was made difficult by the heavy-flow of water and unstable terrain. The search and rescue mission continued throughout yesterday.

The car was carrying seven people at the time, but two reportedly escaped. The incident happened when the vehicle was travelling close to the commune's Khe Ang Dam.

The storm killed three people and left four injured. Thirteen others in total are still missing. Nearly 5,000 houses collapsed, about 6,000 ha of rice and subsidiary crops were flooded and thousands of animals were swept away. — VNS


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