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Philippine toll rises to 230 dead, Vietnam braces for typhoon Tembin

Staff Writer | December 25, 2017
Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people along the south coast as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people.
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Weather   Typhoon Tembin
Typhoon Tembin is expected to slam into Vietnam late on Monday after bringing misery to the predominantly Christian Philippines just before Christmas.

Vietnam’s disaster prevention committee said 74,000 people had been moved to safety from vulnerable areas, while authorities in 15 provinces and cities were prepared to move more than 1 million.

The government ordered that oil rigs and vessels be protected and it warned that about 62,000 fishing boats should not venture out to sea.

Schools were ordered to close in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, a working day in Vietnam.

Tembin will be the 16th major storm to hit Vietnam this year. The storms and other disasters have left 390 people dead or missing, according to official figures.


 

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