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Super typhoon Haiyan makes landfall in northern VN

VGP – Super-typhoon Haiyan on early November 11 made landfall in northern Viet Nam, causing heavy rains and strong wind in the region.

November 11, 2013 7:18 AM GMT+7

Super-typhoon Haiyan arrives close to the Ha Long Bay tourist destination

As of 5 am on November 11, the storm, packing winds of between 62 to 88 km per hours, was at latitude 21.3 degree north and longitude 107.2 degree east, with its centre in northern Quang Ninh province.

Torrential rains of 109-137mm were recorded in northeastern provinces, especially Hai Phong and Quang Ninh.  

Some 600,000 people have been evacuated from at-risk regions in Viet Nam and at least six people have been killed.

No further casualty has been reported so far thanks to good preparations.

In the next 12 hours, Haiyan is forecast to move northward at a speed of 15-20 km per hour, heading to south China and weakening to a depression.

Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai (center) spends a sleepless night to direct storm prevention, Hai Phong

Local residents in risk areas were evacuated to safe places

By Thuy Dung