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Typhoon Noru passes through central Vietnam

Super typhoon Noru swept through central Vietnam on September 27 night and early September 28, bringing strong winds and torrential rains.

According to the Frontline Steering Committee, as of 4am on September 28, the storm's eye was between Da Nang and Quang Nam, boasting winds of up to 117km per hour.

The storm has caused strong winds and torrential rains in Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Binh Dinh. It injured four people in Quang Tri.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, to date, there has been no report on human live loss. Four people were injured, three houses were destroyed and 157 others damaged.

Rainfalls measuring 120-250 millimeters were reported in Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Danang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Kon Tum.

The Danang government said that the typhoon toppled 400 trees, blew away the rooftops of three houses, damaging the walls of several schools and caused a power outage at some 3,200 substations.

Facing the same fate, the ancient town of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province saw many trees and power lines falling, while many parts were flooded.

Meanwhile, the Thua Thien-Hue government asked residents to stay at home this morning to ensure their safety due to strong winds.

On Ly Son Island off Quang Ngai Province, the typhoon reportedly sank seven fishing boats, tore away the rooftops of 250 houses and damaged 50 hectares of land for onion and garlic crops.

After being hit by the typhoon, Quang Nam Province is experiencing flash floods. Many houses are inundated by 0.5-1 meter now.

In Kon Tum, heavy rains caused flooding and landslides on many roads, especially Ho Chi Minh Road, disrupting traffic.

The Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration said that on September 28, the storm moved west towards Laos and weakened into a low pressure. From September 28 noon, it no longer affected Vietnam.

However, due to the circulation of the storm, from September 28 to September 30, localities in central and Central Highlands regions from Thanh Hoa southwards are likely to suffer torrential rains.

High risks of flash flood and landslides are forecast in Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Tri and Kon Tum provinces.

Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said that nine out of 10 airports that had been closed due to Typhoon Noru have been reopened. Airports in Chu Lai, Buon Ma Thuot, Lien Khuong and Vinh have been resumed from September 28 noon, while Da Nang airport has been opened from 1:30pm the same day. The remaining, except for Dong Hoi Airport, have been reopened after 2pm the same day. Hundreds of flights to and from the central region had to be cancelled due to the typhoon, affecting tens of thousands of passengers.

Some pictures taken by VietNamNet after the storm barreled central Vietnam:

Floods in the ancient town of Hoi An.

Thach Thao - Xuan Ngoc - Huong Lai

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