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03 October 2006 :: 13:10:33 pm 32277

Typhoon Xangsane hits Vietnam

Typhoon Xangsane has slammed into Vietnam after the causing havoc in the Philippines, packing strong winds and rains that cut power to the central city of Danang and sparked flight cancellations nationwide.
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The epicenter of the storm hit the area near Danang at about 9:00am (0200 GMT), government officials told AFP.

Authorities evacuated 180,000 people ahead of the arrival of the storm, which was expected to dump heavy rains on several heavily populated areas in central Vietnam.

Rescuers, the coast guard and the military were on alert to try to avoid a repeat of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Chanchu in May, which left 267 people dead or missing — a toll blamed on the failure of Vietnam‘s storm response system.

“We have evacuated more than 180,000 people in central provinces to safer areas. Basically, all our fishing boats are in safe areas,” Le Huy Ngo, head of the central committee on flood and storm control, said late Saturday (Sept 30).

“There will be very heavy rain, strong wind, big floods and probably landslides. However, we are ready to cope with the storm,” he told state-run television VTV.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung told VTV: “What worries me most is the safety for the people when the storm comes… We really cannot predict what will happen.”

Nguyen Ngoc Quang, head of the Quang Nam committee on flood and storm control, said Sunday (Oct 1)around 4,000 inhabitants of the province‘s Cu Lao Cham islets had completely lost contact with the mainland.

Vietnam Airlines announced it cancelled a total of 48 domestic flights, adding that some international routes would be slightly modified.

In the popular tourism resort town of Hoi An, where electricity was also cut, at least 450 foreigners were evacuated from hotels along the beach to safer areas.

Xangsane struck Vietnam after lashing the Philippines, where it left 62 people dead and 68 others missing, according to official figures.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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