HANOI–Vietnam has ordered the evacuation of more than 58,000 people from central coastal areas and called boats ashore ahead of a typhoon that is
forecast to make landfall late Monday.
Packed with wind speeds of up to 149 kilometers an hour, typhoon Wutip was 170 kilometers east of the central coast at 0000 GMT and was moving
west-northwest at 20 kilometers an hour, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
Each year, Vietnam is hit by around a dozen tropical storms and typhoons, which often deliver heavy rains and floods. Storms and floods last year
killed 258 people in Vietnam, up from 234 people in 2011.
Typhoon Wutip: Many missing as Chinese boats sink
A rescue operation is under way and reports say 14 people have been found.
China’s president Xi Jinping called for an all-out rescue effort after the powerful Typhoon Wutip sank at least two fishing boats near the
Paracel Islands on Sunday, leaving 75 fishermen missing, before moving on to lash the coast of Vietnam.
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