Hannoi: Vietnam is rushing to ensure more than half a million people were out of harm’s way, ahead of the arrival of a powerful typhoon set to dump more heavy rain on a central region devastated by weeks of intense weather.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled and schools closed in affected areas on Tuesday as typhoon Molave approached over the South China Sea, packing wind speed of up to 165 km/h and expected to make landfall early on Wednesday.
Molave will be the fourth storm to hit the south-east Asian country this month, deepening a crisis in its central region that has seen 130 people killed in floods and landslides and many still missing.
State media cited the disaster agency as saying some 572,000 people would need to be evacuated by 5pm (9pm AEDT) on Tuesday. On Monday, the government said it was preparing to evacuate nearly 1.3 million people from risky areas.