Nesat is heading for Vietnam after battering the Philippines, Hong Kong and Macau (NASA images)

Typhoon Nesat heads for Vietnam

30th September 2011

After causing destruction in the Philippines earlier this week and shutting down central Hong Kong, the typhoon is now hurtling towards Vietnam

Typhoon Nesat, which has already battered the Philippines and Hong Kong, is set to hit Vietnam in the next few hours.

The typhoon forced Hong Kong to shut down yesterday as it brought fierce winds, rains and rough seas. All ferry and bus services were cancelled and a number of trains operated on a reduced timetable.

Regional flights were cancelled and some international services were delayed – including flights to the UK.

Nearby Macau was also affected, with schools and businesses closing. Bizarrely, the city's casinos stayed open for those who managed to get there.

The death toll from Typhoon Nesat has risen in the Philippines to 43 and authorities are warning of severe flooding on the main island of Luzon.

The government have also said that another typhoon, forecast for tomorrow, may endanger more lives with further rain and terrible weather.

Typhoon Nesat struck the Philippines earlier this week, triggering floods, cutting power in the capital and disrupting travel across the main island, Luzon.

Travellers in the affected areas are advised to stay inside – somewhere safe and secure; keep up-to-date with local media reports; and follow advice from local authorities.

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