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Vietnam prepares to evacuate 1.3 million people as typhoon approaches

October 27, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Vietnam is preparing to evacuate nearly 1.3 million people ahead of Typhoon Molave, which is expected to make landfall on Wednesday.

Vietnam is preparing to evacuate nearly 1. 3 million people ahead of Typhoon Molave, which is expected to make landfall on Wednesday.

Typhoon Molave, with wind speeds of 125 kilometers (77 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93. 2 mph), left the main Philippine island of Luzon earlier on Monday, with heavy rain causing seven landslides and floods in 11 areas, the disaster agency said.

It will be the fourth storm to hit Vietnam in a tumultuous month, during which floods and landslides have killed 130 people and left 20 missing in the central region.

"This is a very strong typhoon that will impact a large area," Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said, urging provinces and cities in Molave's path to prepare for its impact.

Phuc compared Molave to Typhoon Damrey in 2017, which killed more than 100 people in central Vietnam.

About 11. 8 million people in Vietnam's costal provinces are exposed to the threat of intense flooding, with 35% of settlements located on crowded and eroding coastlines, a World Bank report said last week.

October is rainy season in Vietnam, but for weeks the country has been hit by particularly poor weather which has impacted agriculture, irrigation, and transport.

Earlier this month, tropical storm Nangka left scores of people dead, missing and displaced in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Almost immediately afterward, tropical storm Saudel lashed the Philippines, causing flooding and forcing thousands to evacuate, before heading for Vietnam.

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