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Vietnam braces for Super Typhoon Noru

By Nhan Tam – Minh Hoang

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HCMC – Hundreds of flights were canceled today, September 27, while national railway operations were disrupted and flood discharge began at hydropower reservoirs as Super Typhoon Noru is expected to make landfall tonight.

Hundreds of flights canceled 

According to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), 10 airports in central Vietnam have been temporarily shut down, including Danang, Phu Bai, Pleiku, Phu Cat, Chu Lai, Dong Hoi, Tuy Hoa, Buon Ma Thuot, and Lien Khuong, most of them for one day from this afternoon. Only Vinh Airport will be closed later, from 3:00 a.m. on September 28 to 4:00 p.m. on the same day.

Vietnam Airlines canceled over 100 flights, Vietjet Air canceled 57 flights, Bamboo Airways canceled 24 flights and rerouted 25 flights, and Vietravel Airlines canceled eight flights and changed the routes of six.

Railways halt operations of two pairs of trains

Vietnam Railway Corporation temporarily halted the operation of the SE5/SE6 train on September 27 and the SE3/4 train on September 28 for fear of the impact of the typhoon.

In addition, the corporation canceled the services of the SE22 train on September 27 and the SE21 train on September 28. Moreover, the train will have to change the schedules of stops.

Hydropower reservoirs discharge water

In Dak Lak Province, the Buon Kuop Hydroelectric Company is discharging water from several reservoirs, including Buon Tua Srah, Buon Kuop and Srepok 3 on the Srepok River.

In Quang Ngai Province, the Dakdrinh hydropower reservoir is also discharging water. Quang Ngai Province’s Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue decided to discharge 50-100 cubic meters per second to have room for water flow into the Dakdrinh reservoir at the maximum level of 402 cubic meters per second by 17:00 on September 27.

In Thua Thien-Hue, the A Luoi hydropower reservoir will increase its flow to the peak of 2,500 cubic meters per second. The A Lin B1 hydropower reservoir, part of the A Lin B1 reservoir cluster, is expected to increase its operating flow to the peak of about 800 cubic meters per second.

The Quang Nam Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue has written to the operators of hydropower reservoirs, including Song Bung 2, Song Bung 4, A Vuong, Dak Mi 4 and Song Tranh 2.

Accordingly, the operation must ensure that no sudden or abnormal discharge will threaten the lives and properties of people in the downstream of the reservoirs.

Besides, enterprises should cooperate with the local government to keep the authorities and locals updated on the operations of the reservoirs.

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