Typhoon Noru: Karding makes landfall in Da Nang, Vietnam


Typhoon Noru made landfall Wednesday morning near the popular resort town of Da Nang in Vietnam, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain as tens of thousands of people were evacuated.

Noru hit Vietnam at 5 a.m. local time on Wednesday, according to CNN Weather, less than 36 hours after leaving a trail of destruction in the Philippines – where he was known as Karding.

The typhoon weakened a bit before making landfall, but was still equivalent to a high-end Category 2 hurricane with winds nearing 175 km/h, or around 109 mph.

Prior to his arrival, Vietnamese authorities banned ships from the sea and asked students to stay at home.

It will continue to bring strong winds and surges along the coast near Da Nang and is expected to weaken as it pushes inland over Southeast Asia. Central Vietnam, southern Laos and northern Thailand are likely to be flooded in the next 48 hours.

Local authorities were urged on Tuesday to cancel unnecessary meetings to focus on storm prevention and control, according to Viet Nam News, the English newspaper run by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

Viet Nam News said 26,255 households, or about 99,424 people, were expected to be displaced in the event of flooding – with priority given to children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with disabilities.

Thua Thien Hue province, home to more than 2,000 fishing vessels and around 11,000 fishermen, also banned ships from going out to sea on Sunday amid warnings the storm will bring high winds, high waves and flooding, Viet Nam News reported.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Tuesday chaired an urgent meeting with officials from at least eight provinces expected to be affected by the storm to discuss response efforts, VNA reported.

« Ministries, branches and localities, especially the heads of these units, must further strengthen their responsibilities to ensure the safety, life and property of people and the state in the context of weather conditions. Climate change becomes more and more extreme and unusual, leading to very serious consequences,” the prime minister said, according to Viet Nam News.

Typhoon Noru left the Philippines around 8 p.m. Monday, according to a bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), after riding through high winds and heavy rains that flooded Luzon – the island largest and most populated in the country. .

Eight people have died in typhoon-related incidents, including five rescuers, the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management said on Tuesday.

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