Hoi An residents cross the streets in boats as Noru weakens

The Hoi An Bridge, which crosses the Hoai River, was inundated at both ends.

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The water level of the Vu Gia River rose above Warning Level 2 by 18 centimeters on Wednesday afternoon, rising to 1.68 meters. Warning 3 is the highest alert level, authorities in Hoi An, Quang Nam province said.

The Hoi An Bridge, which crosses the Hoai River, was flooded at both ends.

Hoi An residents cross the streets in boats as Noru weakensResidents traveled by boats near the Cau Temple, an iconic tourist destination as waters rose. Several streets in the town, including Bach Dang, Nguyen Thai Hoc and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, were flooded.

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Residents traveled by boat near Cau Temple, an iconic tourist destination as the waters rose. Several streets in the city, including Bach Dang, Nguyen Thai Hoc and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, were flooded.

Hoi An residents cross the streets in boats as Noru weakensA boat trip cost between VND150,000-200,000 ($6.32-8.42), locals said. They are used to this form of travel because flooding is not an uncommon occurrence in the town.

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A boat trip costs between 150,000 and 200,000 VND ($6.32-8.42), locals said. They are used to this mode of travel because floods are not uncommon in the city.

Hoi An residents cross the streets in boats as Noru weakensShops remained closed and there was no electricity. Hoi An residents had been advised to stay put at home since Tuesday evening.

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Shops remained closed and there was no electricity. Residents of Hoi An had been told to stay home since Tuesday evening.

Hoi An residents cross the streets in boats as Noru weakensFallen branches and lanterns littered Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street after a night of strong winds.

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Fallen branches and lanterns littered Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street after a night of high winds.

Hoi An residents cross the streets in boats as Noru weakensAs people started to clean up after the storm they found several makeshift homes destroyed.

Pham Thi Sieng, 66, stood in front of her house with its roof knocked off. She said she had been terrified of this year’s storm even though storms happen several times a year in Hoi An.

Storm Noru damaged more than 3,000 houses in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Tri Provinces. It injured 57 people, including 41 in Quang Nam and the rest in Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue, according to the Standing Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

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As people began to clean up after the storm, they found several destroyed makeshift homes.

Pham Thi Sieng, 66, stood in front of his torn-off roof house. She said she was terrified by this year’s storm, even though storms occur several times a year in Hoi An.

Storm Noru damaged more than 3,000 homes in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Tri provinces. It injured 57 people, including 41 in Quang Nam and the rest in Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue, according to the Standing Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

Hoi An residents cross the streets in boats as Noru weakensLuat, 65, said that his house gets flooded every year, sometimes up to two meters, and all goods inside are destroyed.

“I live near the sea so I am used to this. Every time my roof is knocked off and my walls are broken, I build them anew. It costs me around VND20 million ($842) to repair after each storm.”

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Luat, 65, said his house was flooded every year, sometimes up to two meters, and all the belongings inside were destroyed.

“I live near the sea, so I’m used to it. Every time my roof is knocked down and my walls are broken, I rebuild them. It costs me about 20 million VND ($842) to repair after each storm.

Hoi An residents cross the streets in boats as Noru weakensPham Thi Bich Lien, 31, tried to sort out the remains of her house after the storm. Her living room was flooded and appliances destroyed.

She will have to wait a few days for river water to flow down to clean up her seawater-soaked things, Lien said.

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Pham Thi Bich Lien, 31, tried to sort through the remains of her house after the storm. His living room was flooded and the appliances destroyed.

She will have to wait a few days for the river water to flow to clean her seawater-soaked belongings, Lien said.

Hoi An residents cross the streets in boats as Noru weakensStrong waves lashed Cua Dai Beach Wednesday morning.

The north-central region is forecast to continue receiving rainfall of 100-200 millimeters, and over 250 millimeters in some places from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday night.

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Strong waves hit Cua Dai Beach on Wednesday morning.

The north-central region is expected to continue to receive rainfall of 100 to 200 millimeters, and more than 250 millimeters in some places from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday evening.

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People travel by boat in Hoi An as heavy rains from Storm Noru flooded the streets, September 28, 2022. Video by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

Earnest A. Martinez