Around 1.3 million people are getting ready to evacuate Vietnam before typhoon Molave’s landfall, Reuters reported early Monday morning.
Typhoon Molave departed the Philippine island of Luzon early Monday, with reported wind speeds just over 77 miles per hour and gusts reaching around 93 miles per hour, according to Reuters. Molave is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam on Wednesday with wind speeds topping out around 83 miles per hour.
“This is a very strong typhoon that will impact a large area,” Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said, Reuters reported.
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Phuc compared Molave to Typhoon Damrey, a storm that killed over 100 people in 2017, Reuters reported. He said security forces should prepare and ordered boats ashore.
“Troops must deploy full force to support people, including mobilising helicopters, tanks and other means of transportation if needed,” Phuc said, according to Reuters.
Vietnam’s long coastline leaves the country susceptible to damaging storms and flooding, Reuters reported. Around 35% of settlements are located on the coastline, leaving about 11.8 million exposed to possible flooding.
Typhoon Molave battered the Philippines overnight, inducing seven landslides and major flooding in 11 areas, Reuters reported. No casualties were reported, though 12 fishermen who were out at sea had not returned yet Monday morning.
Around 25,000 villagers were displaced, and about 20,000 took shelter at government and school buildings, the Associated Press reported. (RELATED: US Efforts To Counter Violent Extremist Groups In The Philippines Have Had Little Effect On The Presence Of ISIS)
Molave is the 17th typhoon to make landfall in the Phillippines this year, Reuters reported.
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