Vietnam evacuates thousands ahead of typhoon

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Disaster officials say tens of thousands of people in high-risk areas in central Vietnam are being evacuated before a typhoon strikes.

The national weather forecaster says Typhoon Wutip with sustained wind speed of up to 93 miles per hour is expected to slam central Vietnam later Monday.

Disaster official Le Tri Cong said more than 8,000 villagers in Quang Tri province's coastal areas were evacuated to safe places as of Sunday night and 35,000 others from areas facing with serious flooding, landslides and flash floods are being evacuated.

The central floods and storms control committee said on its website Monday that more than 140,000 people in four other central provinces are planned for evacuation Monday.