Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines, has made landfall in northern Vietnam, close to the China border, as a weaker Category One storm. The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said in an update at 2100 GMT the storm “is currently making landfall” approximately 100 miles (160 kilometres) east south-east of the capital Hanoi.
Some 600,000 people have been evacuated from at-risk regions in Vietnam and at least six people have been killed.
China issued a typhoon alert for Hainan island, Guangdong and Guangxi after Haiyan’s path changed.
The typhoon has decreased markedly in strength from the Category Five storm that swept through the Philippines in a day, causing mass destruction. It is now classified as a severe tropical storm.
The weather system — one of the most intense typhoons on record when it tore into the Philippines — weakened over the South China Sea.
In Vietnam, at least five people reportedly died while preparing to escape the typhoon, the Vietnamese government website said.
By lunchtime on Sunday the typhoon had swept across Vietnam’s Con Co island, 30 kilometres off the coast of central Quang Tri province, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Central Vietnam has recently been hit by two other typhoons — Wutip and Nari, both category-one storms — which flooded roads, damaged sea dykes and tore the roofs off hundreds of thousands of houses.