Vietnam is the latest country bracing for a direct hit from Typhoon Vamco which is expected to make landfall along the typhoon battered country's central coast later today.
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The provinces plan to evacuate 468,000 people by the end of Saturday, state media cited the government’s disaster management authority as saying. Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. Vamco will be the 13th storm that affects the Southeast Asian country this year, where more than 160 people have been killed in natural disasters triggered by a series of storms since early October.
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“There has been no respite for more than eight million people living in central Vietnam,” said Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, Vietnam Red Cross Society President. “Each time they start rebuilding their lives and livelihoods, they are pummelled by yet another storm.”
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In the Philippines, coast guard and disaster agencies scrambled on Saturday to rescue thousands in a northern province after the 21st cyclone to hit the Philippines this year tore through the main island of Luzon late on Wednesday and early Thursday. Vamco has killed at least 53 people, injured 52 and left 22 missing in the Philippines, according to the Philippines police and army according to Reuters.
Vietnam has been battered by storms and torrential rains in the last two months. More than 40 people died in Vietnam and scores more missing, including rescuers, due to prolonged heavy rain and flash flooding from tropical storm Nangka in the middle of October.
In late October Vietnam evacuated more than a million people in its central lowlands as the powerful Typhoon Molave slammed into Vietnam's south-central coast.