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The authorities of Vietnam prepare the evacuation of some 500,000 people before the arrival scheduled for this weekend of the tropical storm Moul, which gains intensity as it approaches the coast of the country.

The department for the Prevention of Natural Disasters met on Wednesday to assess the risks and prepare for the challenge of the natural phenomenon, with gusts of wind of up to 130 kilometers per hour and heavy rains, which will coincide with the rise of the tide.

The central coastal provinces Quang Binh and Da Nang are the areas of greatest risk and where the storm is expected to make landfall, possibly on Friday or Saturday, which will also affect the northern provinces and part of Laos

The Vietnamese center reported in a statement that it has requested the Defense Ministry to deploy military personnel for evacuation tasks and possible assistance before the damage caused by Noul.

Vietnam, whose rainy season varies from north to south, has this year 47 dead and missing in storms, floods, landslides and other natural disasters between January and June; and economic damages worth 3.3 trillion dong (140 million dollars or 120 million euros), according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.