HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities prepared to evacuate people from high-risk areas as Typhoon Hagupit moved toward the country after hitting southern China’s Guangdong province Wednesday.
The typhoon was expected bring heavy rain to Vietnam’s north and could unleash major flooding, the national weather forecast center said on its Web site.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged local authorities to make available stockpiles of food and medicine in areas often isolated by floods.
Vietnam is prone to floods and storms that kill hundreds of people each year.
Hagupit made landfall Wednesday morning in China, forcing the evacuation of more than 28,000 people, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. No major damage or deaths were reported in Guangdong.