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Viet Nam/HCM City: 200,000 households evacuated due to Noul

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HCM City has mobilised 200 specialised trucks to evacuate more than 200,000 families from dangerous areas. In neighbouring provinces, boats are banned from going to sea while children aren't going to school.

This morning an urgent meeting was organised in HCM City to discuss measures to counter storm Noul, which is forecast to hit southern provinces tonight. CM City's Vice Chairman Nguyen Trung Tin said more than 200,000 families located in areas where the storm will pass over are being evacuated to over 330 safe locations.

This morning HCM City government asked Thanh An Island in Can Gio district to move all of its residents onto the mainland by 4pm this afternoon. Can Gio District also has to ban all boats from going to sea and call for all boats to come back home. All students in Can Gio district are allowed to stay at home today. In the city's centre, people are fortifying their houses before the storm comes. It is worried that the city may be flooded heavily in this storm since the tide is high already.

In the southern province of Tien Giang, more than 8,000 people in Tan Phu Dong districts and coastal areas have been moved to Go Cong and Go Cong Tay towns. This morning, 450 people worked on the province's dike system to strengthen the dike. In Binh Thuan province, evacuations were also conducted this morning. This province has 18,000 families that have been moved and this task has finished. Today all students in the province also stayed at home.

In Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Ca Mau, Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Ben Tre, Phu Yen, evacuations were also conducted.

According to hydrometeorological experts, Noul will directly hit southern-coastal and some central-coastal provinces in the next 24 hours. Tonight, it may hit provinces from Khanh Hoa to Ba Ria-Vung Tau.