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Holidaymakers evacuated as Typhoon Doksuri hits central Vietnam

18 September 2017 08:16

The British Virgin islands have also been hit by the devastation of severe global weather

The British Virgin islands have also been hit by the devastation of severe global weather

Holidaymakers are being evacuated as winds up to 200km per hour hit Central Vietnam, with Typhoon Doksuri damaging houses, roads and infrastructure.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has issued formal advice to passengers to liaise with airlines and consult local Vietnamese authorities, as the tropical cyclone continues to cause devastation on land.

'Strongest storm in a decade'

Citizens are being evacuated from towns in the region and local news sources are referring to the typhoon as the "strongest storm in a decade".

British nationals make over 200,000 visits to Vietnam each year, according to the FCDO website, with most visits being free from any problems.

According to Reuters, 46 flights have cancelled between Vietnam's capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the south.

Nearly 80,000 people have been evacuated from Vietnam's northern coastal districts spanning five central provinces, including tourists. A further 210,000 are still to be moved to safety.

So far there have been no reports of casualties, however the severe weather has reportedly ripped roofs from houses and buildings, torn down trees and damaged electricity cables.

Vietnam is known to experience typhoons and the months May to October is known to be the country's rainy season.

Forecasters are warning that the severe weather could bring about flash floods and landslides across the country's northern and central regions.

Global weather warnings

Severe weather has plagues the globe over the last fortnight, with hurricane's Harvey, Irma and Jose causing devastation and mass travel cancellations on the south coast of America and the Caribbean islands.

Thousands of passengers have been grounded as a result of the storms, with Irma affecting as many as 10,000 flights to and from Florida - a popular favourite with British families, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware

Anyone with travel plans to an area prone to severe weather conditions can take out trusted travel insurance for added peace of mind.