Typhoon “Damrey” is expected to slam into southern Vietnam around UTC midnight on November 4 (07:00 local time) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h (86 mph), likely the strongest typhoon to make landfall over southern Vietnam in 16 years. This tropical cyclone is expected to have a high humanitarian impact based on the storm strength and the affected population in the past and forecasted path. Up to 2.4 million people can be affected by wind speeds of cyclone strength or above. Authorities

in Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan, provinces that are likely to be affected by the typhoon, have developed plans to evacuate a total of 389 143 people, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. Earlier on Thursday, the search and rescue committee in Phu Yen already evacuated 759 households with 1 958 residents in flooded areas to safe places, Tuoi Tre News reports. CONTINUE