Tropical storm Haiyan makes landfall in northern Vietnam, no immediate reports of casualties
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HANOI, Vietnam – Haiyan made landfall in northern Vietnam early Monday as a tropical storm, just days after leaving massive destruction in the Philippines.
The Vietnamese national weather forecast agency said Haiyan made landfall in northern province of Quang Ninh at 5 a.m. as a tropical storm and was moving toward southern China, where it is expected to weaken to a low depression later Monday. No casualties or major damage have been reported.
It slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday as the strongest typhoon of the year and one of the strongest on record. It appears to be the deadliest storm – and natural disaster – on record to hit the Philippines, with officials saying that as many as 10,000 people are feared dead.
Later Monday, the storm was expected to enter southern China and further weaken while dropping torrential rains on the provinces of Guangxi and Hunan. Guangxi officials advised fishermen to stay onshore and told residents to take precautions against flooding and landslides.
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