Vietnam braces for storm Doksuri, ordering evacuation


Doksuri which is the 19th cyclone this year has resulted in massive storms and heavy rains in China's southern coast from Friday (9/15/2017), the China's Meteorological Agency said.

Ten other people were injured by falling trees or debris, he added, and another 50,000 homes were damaged.

Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces bore the brunt of the storm and power cuts were widespread after the wind brought down electricity poles along with trees and billboards.

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Speaking at an emergency meeting Thursday, Deputy Premier Trinh Dinh Dung ordered the evacuation of people in high-risk areas.

Vietnamese air traffic has been thrown into confusion with 60 domestic flights by airlines VietJet, Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific being cancelled. "I don't know how long it will take to recover", she told AFP.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited the hard-hit province on Saturday to survey the damage.

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"We have to quickly mobilise forces to fix houses and damaged schools. We have to ensure people can get back to normal life", he said on state-run Vietnam Television.

Authorities have evacuated nearly 80,000 people and called on almost 71,000 fishing boats with nearly 300,000 fisherman on board to dock at ports, according to Vietnam's National Steering Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

Last year, tropical storms and flooding killed 264 people in Vietnam and caused damage worth ND40 trillion ($1.75 billion), almost five times more than in 2015. According to official figures, 140 people have died or have gone missing since beginning of year. Floods in northern Vietnam last month killed at least 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes. More than 120,000 people have been moved to safe places, 20,000 fishing vessels taken shelter in Fujian, and almost 2,000 scenic spots and construction sites shut down.

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Typhoon Doksuri (L) is seen raging over Vietnam's north central coast. Rice farmers had rushed to gather in what they could before Doksuri struck.