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Deputy PM checks storm preparedness in Mekong Delta
Trung Chanh
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Deputy PM checks storm preparedness in Mekong Delta

Trung Chanh

A Government delegation led by Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung inspects storm preparedness in the Mekong Delta - PHOTO: CHUC LY

CAN THO – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung leading a Government team on December 25 inspected the measures taken by authorities and people in the face of an approaching typhoon called Tembin in the Mekong Delta provinces of Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, and Ca Mau.

Local authorities have evacuated a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast as the typhoon was approaching after it had triggered floods and landslides in the Philippines, leaving more than 230 people dead.

Tran Van Chuyen, chairman of Soc Trang Province, said as many as 667 boats have been called back to the shore safely while 167 others have come to Con Dao Island off mainland Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province to take shelter. Besides, around 27,000 local residents have been evacuated to safety.

Deputy PM Dung spoke highly of Soc Trang’s measures against the storm, and demanded local authorities have contingency plans to cope with the storm in a timely manner, and thereby minimize damage. The storm is expected to make landfall this midnight or early today.

He encouraged residents in Vinh Chau, Soc Trang to patiently stay in shelters until the end of the storm.
The Government leader and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong also conducted an inspection tour in Bac Lieu Province.

Local authorities said the province has basically evacuated all residents in risky areas to shelters, and has dispatched a team to keep them informed of the storm.

Deputy PM Dung demanded Bac Lieu guarantee absolute safety for local residents, and keep an eye on agricultural production, as the sector is most vulnerable to the calamity.

On the evening of the same day, he also visited the outlying district of Tran Van Thoi in the southernmost province of Ca Mau to inspect residential zones and piers there. Ca Mau is to be the nearest point to the eye of the storm.

As of 4 p.m. on December 25, the typhoon was 200 kilometers (105 miles) east of Con Dao Island, with packing winds of 90-100 kilometers per hour, according to the central weather forecast center.

The storm is approaching southern Vietnam at a speed of 15-20 kilometers per hour, and is forecast to hit provinces from Ba Ria-Vung Tau to Ca Mau, including Con Dao Island.

After making landfall today, the typhoon is forecast to move west at around 20 kilometers per hour. The storm will then weaken into a tropical low in the Gulf of Thailand.

Vietnam, like the Philippines, is regularly battered by storms that form over the warm waters of the Pacific and barrel westwards into land. Tembin will be the 16th major storm to hit Vietnam this year.

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