200,000 People Evacuated as Typhoon Ketsana Makes Landfall in Vietnam

Typhoon Ketsana came ashore in Vietnam Tuesday, where 200,000 people had been evacuated from low-lying areas to higher ground, aid workers said.

Le Van Duong, an emergency response coordinator for the global relief agency World Vision, told CNN the Vietnamese government had battened down airports, closed schools and turned off electrical power in the Danang area.

Meteorologists for the U.S. broadcaster said the city of Hue, located three hours from Danang, received an estimated 13 inches of rain in a 24-hour period from Ketsana, whose winds were clocked at 104 mph with gusts as strong as 127 mph as it crossed the South China Sea on its way to Vietnam.

“Danang is predicted to be in the eye of the storm,” Le told CNN. “It’s very windy and trees have already blown down. We have seen the evacuation of 3,000 families from our project areas to safer places, including schools, and we have already distributed noodle packs to 700 families.”

Philippines officials say Typhoon Ketsana left at least 240 people dead in that country, with another 37 people listed as missing.

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