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Northern, central residents braced for Haiyan

Update: November, 10/2013 - 20:48

HA NOI (VNS) — Residents of northern localities have been bracing themselves up for heavy rains and flooding while those in coastal areas were asked to take shelter as super typhoon Haiyan moved towards the country after devastating the Philippines.

Rains and winds in Ha Long City, northern Quang Ninh Province, on Sunday's evening. — Photo Dang Ninh

Deputy Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Hoang Trung Hai and other Government officials toured the central provinces to inspect preparations for supper-typhoon Haiyan, which is forecast to make landfall during the night.

Hai urged provincial authorities to promptly call for all fishermen to go ashore and evacuate residents living in coastal areas to safer places with enough food, fresh water and necessary commodities.

The direction of Haiyan typhoon is shown in a map issued by the National Hydrometeorology Forecasting Centre at 5:30pm on November 10.

According to the National Hydrometeorology Forecasting Centre, as of 2 pm on Sunday, typhoon Haiyan, which swept across the Philippines with about 10,000 people feared dead, was 270 km east of the central province of Quang Tri .

In the northern province of Quang Ninh, about 1,000 households in Ha Long Bay and by the coast dykes have been evacuated to higher places.

A soldier calls for the fishmen to go ashore in Co To island, Quang Ninh province. — Photo Ninh Hang

Torrential rains and strong winds were forecast to strike the northern provinces.

Rain started to fall in the capital city Hanoi . All soldiers and officials of the Capital High Command were ordered to remain on duty round-the-clock. Districts as well as agencies located in the city were requested to keep a close eye on the development of the storm to make prompt response.

In the northern port city of Hai Phong , the provincial Border Guard on Sunday called 2,089 vessels ashore safely.

Guidance and information on the course of the storm were sent to 4,100 other fishing vessels with nearly 12,000 fishermen aboard to help them quickly find refuge.

Residents in Cat Hai island are evacuated ashore safely. — Photo Hoang Thuy

Thousands of residents in low areas have been evacuated to safer places.

Efforts are being made to send 6,334 people living by the coast in Tien Hai and Thai Thuy districts in northern Thai Binh province to higher ground.

Five deaths have been reported in the central provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Thua Thien Hue while preparing to escape the storm. — VNS

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