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Ferocious storm threatens southern provinces
The Saigon Times Daily
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Ferocious storm threatens southern provinces

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – A ferocious typhoon called Tembin is forecast to make landfall in southern Vietnam early tomorrow, directly affecting provinces from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau, according to the national weather forecaster.

The storm is moving westward to southern Vietnam at 20-25 kilometers per hour, after killing hundreds in the Philippines and leaving a trail of destruction there.

The typhoon was moving around Truong Sa (Spratly) islands last night with a wind speed of 115 kilometers an hour. The speed is forecast to hit a maximum of 135 kilometers per hour today.

At a teleconference on Saturday to find ways to cushion possible impacts of the typhoon, Hoang Duc Cuong, director of the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, said Typhoon Tembin reaching grade 12 is an extremely strong storm.

Such a heavy storm is rarely seen in Vietnam, and occurs every ten years, Cuong stressed.

Tran Quang Hoai, head of the General Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, said Con Dao might suffer heavily from the storm, so local authorities should take preventive measures to get ready for the worst-case scenario, local media said. Fishing boats of provinces from Quang Nam to Ca Mau still in open sea must be called back or advised to find shelters.

Hoai also warned landslides along coastal areas such as Cua Dai in Quang Nam Province, Go Cong Dong in Tien Giang Province, Vinh Chau in Soc Trang Province, Ba Tri in Ben Tre Province and some areas in Ca Mau Province.

Hoai urged authorities to evacuate people from dangerous areas, and make careful preparations to protect dams and dykes and ensure safety in areas around reservoirs.

The eye of the storm is expected to reach the waters between Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Ca Mau at 4 p.m. today, before making landfall tonight or early tomorrow.

Cuong of the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said on Vnexpress news site the storm would trigger downpours tonight and tomorrow, with the average rainfall of between 150 and 200mm.

Localities likely impacted by the storm have prepared plans to evacuate some 850,000 people to safer places.

Reports delivered at a teleconference chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last night showed that as of 3 p.m. on December 24, fours localities had evacuated over 13,500 people to safety. HCMC in particular had evacuated nearly 5,000 people in Can Gio District as planned. Provinces said they would complete the evacuation plan by 6 p.m. on December 24.

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