Typhoon Reaches Vietnam; 13 Killed, 600K Displaced
The fatal typhoon Heiyan has continued its path of destruction, ravaging Vietnamese coastal towns Monday. Earlier this week, the storm killed 10,000 people in the Philippines; approximately 800,000 are still reported missing.
BBC reports that the typhoon's winds hit at 157 km/h (98 mph), killing 13 and displacing well over 600,000 people. About 900,000 people have already been evacuated from regions at risk from storm damage; boats have been called back from fishing expeditions; domestic and international flights have been cancelled; and many schools have closed in anticipation of the storm.
Exact details about the full extent of the damage, deaths, and displacement in Vietnam is still under development while the storm passes through the region.
While the storm's strength has diminished considerably since hitting the Philippines, it still proves a threat to coastal cities and regional fishing boats. Meanwhile, Heiyan has been reclassified from a typhoon to a tropical storm.
China has also issued evacuation reports for the Heian province and other nearby cities. The storm is expected to hit the Chinese coast late Monday night. Experts say that the storm may continue to lessen in severity along the way.