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Hanoi (VNA) – Many domestic flights have been delayed or cancelled as Storm Molave, the ninth of this year and the fourth within a month, is forecast to make a landfall in the central region on October 27 night.
The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines said it has adjusted schedules of flights to and from Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Tuy Hoa, Gia Lai, Buon Me Thuot, Quy Nhon, Da Lat and Khanh Hoa on the day.
It suggested passengers stay updated on weather conditions as well as flight information.
Meanwhile, Bamboo Airways said it has cancelled Flight QH17 from HCM City to Da Nang, and suspend all of the flights to the central city as from 7pm on October 27 until further notice.
Many flights to and from Da Nang have also been rescheduled by the carrier.
Flights between Hanoi and Da Nang city initially scheduled for October 27 by Vietjet Air have been canceled, and those between HCM City and Dong Hoi city in Quang Binh province and Hue city in Thua Thien-Hue province rescheduled.
Passengers on the affected flights will be supported according to the carrier policy. Some other flights on the day might also be affected.
Vietjet has informed all affected passengers at airports as well as approached the passengers through other communication channels, via phone calls and SMSs.
Passengers should frequently stay updated on flight information at website www.vietjetair.com and Vietjet Air mobile app. By clicking the tab “Flight status” and inputting reservation codes, passengers can check their itineraries thoroughly to have proper arrangements ahead of the flights.
As of 4 am on October 27 Storm Molave ’s eye was some 320 km north-northeast of Song Tu Tay island, with the strongest winds reaching 135-150 km per hour and gust of up to 167-183 km per hour.
It is expected that by 4 am on October 28 the storm’s eye will be right over waters of the coastline from Da Nang city to Phu Yen province, with the maximum wind speed of 165 km per hour.
Torrential downpours will blanket the central localities from October 27-29. Inundation is forecast for lagoons and low-lying areas from Thua Thien-Hue to Quang Ngai province.
The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said Molave is as strong as Storm Damrey in 2017 which left 123 people dead or missing and caused damage worth 22 trillion VND (95145 million USD)./.
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