December 13, 2013
Typhoon hits Vietnam: at least 5 killed, more than 100,000 evacuated
At least five people were killed as typhoon Nari knocked down trees and damaged hundreds of houses in central Vietnam early today, and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
More than 122,000 people had been moved to safe ground in several provinces, including Quang Nam and Danang city, by late Monday before the typhoon arrived, the official Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
Nari later hit the Vietnamese coast with wind speeds of up to 102 kmh (63 mph).
Soldiers were sent to help people reinforce their homes and guide ships to shelter in Danang, a famous tourist destination, state-run Voice of Vietnam radio said.
More than 2,000 passengers were stranded when national carrier Vietnam Airlines canceled 14 flights on Monday and planned to delay another eight on Tuesday, the airline said in a statement.
Nari was moving west at about 15 kmh (10 mph) and was expected to weaken into a tropical depression later, the national weather station said.