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Typhoon threatens central and southern Vietnam

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Typhoon threatens central and southern Vietnam

The Saigon Times Daily

Typhoon Damrey is forecast to strike central and southern Vietnam - PHOTO: NCHMF

HCMC - A tropical low strengthened into a typhoon in the East Sea on the morning of November 2 and is forecast to dump rain across central and southern Vietnam, according to the local media.

Typhoon Damrey, the twelfth storm to hit Vietnam this year, is moving westward to central and southern Vietnam at 15-20 kilometers per hour. It is forecast to be 300 kilometers east of Khanh Hoa Province this afternoon.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control on November 2 called an emergency meeting to get ready for the worst-case scenario.

According to Hoang Duc Cuong, director of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), the typhoon would hit central, south-central, and southern provinces tomorrow.

When it makes landfall, it would strengthen and dump rain from Ha Tinh and Khanh Hoa to southern provinces until November 7. Total rainfalls would amount to a whopping 1,000 millimeters. 

At the meeting, the director of the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority, Tran Quang Hoai, asked forecasters to give timely updates to residents, especially fishermen.

Fishing boats operating near the shore must be asked to return to the mainland.

Hoai urged local authorities to prune branches of trees, ban people from swimming or fishing in the sea, and evacuate people from areas at risk of floods and mudslides.

Local authorities were asked to properly supervise reservoirs and prepare for cases in which dams release water to prevent breaches.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade was tasked with inspecting power lines in Danang City to ensure maximum safety for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week scheduled to take place in the city from November 6 to 11.

As one of the localities that could be directly affected by the typhoon, HCMC on the morning of November 2 called a meeting to draw up a contingency plan.

Flood tides might reach 1.68 meters in the city in the next three days, according to the southern weather center.

HCMC vice chairman Le Thanh Liem at the meeting told authorities of riverside districts like Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, Go Vap, Cu Chi, Binh Chanh and Hoc Mon to inspect the areas prone to floods and mudslides.

HCMC citizens and fishermen should be provided with updates of the storm.

“Districts should be ready to evacuate people and deal with any unexpected incidents like riverbank slides, floods and embankment breaches,” Liem said.

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