Typhoon Noru hits Vietnam after hitting Philippines, prompting mass evacuations


Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes in Vietnam as powerful Typhoon Noru made landfall in Vietnam. It was her two days after a storm devastated and flooded homes in the Philippines.

The storm hit the coast of central Vietnam on Tuesday at speeds of 117 kilometers per hour, mainly in Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai. An unspecified number of schools and shops were closed.

Vinh International Airport Said Temporarily closed and actively monitoring the situation. More than 133,000 residents have been evacuated and a curfew has been imposed in Quang Nam province.

Nearly 555,000 homes have been affected in several states, with fallen trees, torn roofs and widespread power outages reported.

VN Express, no deaths recorded as of Wednesday report.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh said on Wednesday that the storm had weakened into a tropical depression, but urged people to be alert to the possibility of flash floods from torrential rains.

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A man rides a motorcycle on a flooded street after Typhoon Noru passes in Hoi An city, Quang Nam province on September 28, 2022. (Nhac Nguyen/AFP via Getty Images)

Nguyen Van Phuong, head of the meteorological forecasting department at the National Hydrometeorological Forecasting Center, predicted 100-250mm of rainfall is expected in the north-central region from Wednesday to Friday.

“Experience with recent storms shows that it is relatively safe when a storm makes landfall, but that people need to be vigilant as landslides and flash floods leave damage after the storm has passed,” he said. He said.

A man walks on the beach after the passing of Typhoon Noru in Da Nang, Vietnam on September 28, 2022. (Nhac Nguyen AFP via Getty Images)

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in central and southern provinces of Laos on Wednesday. The Lao Meteorological Department issued an alert and asked all dams to prepare emergency plans.

The Thai Meteorological Department forecast Tuesday that the storm will hit Thailand’s northeastern provinces on Thursday before declining into a tropical depression.

However, it warned of heavy rains that would follow. Local report.

8 dead in Philippines

Typhoon Noru, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, killed at least eight people when it made landfall on Sunday. Among them was a group of rescuers who rushed to rescue villagers trapped in the flood waters.

Typhoon Nor in San Miguel town
Residents drive past a road flooded by Typhoon Noru in the town of San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines, on September 26, 2022. (Aaron Favila/AP Photo)

Five government rescuers have drowned in the town of San Miguel, Bulacan state, after their boat capsized when it hit a collapsing wall and was thrown into a rampaging flood, police and officials said.

Nearly 80,000 people were moved to emergency shelters on the main island of Luzon, some forcibly evacuated, according to disaster response officials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Aldogra Fredry


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia Pacific news for The Epoch Times.