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Viet Nam: Typhoon Haiyan - Information Bulletin n° 1

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Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally named storm number 13, is expected to hit Central Viet Nam on Sunday, 10 November, after hitting the Philippines on Friday as a category-5 storm and wind strength of 230 kilometres per hour. This is said to be one of the strongest storms ever recorded, with sustained wind strength of about 195 kilometres per hour and expected to hit Viet Nam was a category -2 or 3 typhoon. It is estimated that 6.5 million people will be affected by the storm.

The situation

Within the first two weeks of October, Central Viet Nam was hit by two category-1 storms, Typhoon Wutip (storm number 10) on 30 September and Nari (storm number 11) on 15 October, leaving behind significant damages in nine provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai. Among these, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue are suffering from the dual impacts of both storms. The total economic loss due to Nari is estimated to be VND 1.5 trillion (USD 71 million), on top of the VND 13.5 trillion (USD 663.23 million) economic loss earlier caused by Wutip.

Following these storms, Viet Nam was hit by storm number 12, and Typhoon Haiyan is forecasted to hit the same provinces affected by the previous two major storms. An estimated 6.5 million people will be affected by this typhoon, specifically in the provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, specifically as follows: (see tables)