|The fifth storm to enter the East Sea this year is heading towards the central region of Vietnam. Photo: KTTV /CVN|
According to Mai Van Khiêm, director of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the storm Noul would directly affect the central provinces, in particular Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thiên-Huê and Dà Nang with wind speeds of 90 to 100 km per hour and sometimes reaching 135 km /h.
Heavy rains will cover the central provinces from Thursday afternoon September 17 to Friday evening September 18 he said, warning of the high risk of flash floods and landslides.
At 1 p.m. Wednesday September 16 the eye of the storm was about 680 km southeast of the Hoàng Sa archipelago (Paracel) with the strongest wind of 60 to 75 km per hour, sometimes reaching 90 to 100 km per hour. The storm is moving west-northwest.
On Friday, September 18 at 1 p.m., the eye of the storm is expected to be over the waters near the provinces of Quang Binh to Quang Ngai with a wind in the eye of the storm reaching 100 to 135 km per year. hour or more.
After making landfall in the provinces of Quang Binh in Da Nang on September 18 afternoon or evening, the storm will weaken to become a tropical depression.
Around 1am on Saturday morning on September 19 the center of the tropical depression will be on the border area of Laos and Thailand with the strongest wind of 40-50 km per hour.
Meeting Wednesday morning with ministries and agencies to make preparations, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung raised alert levels, calling for active and timely action.
He called on localities, border guards and the transport sector to tighten control over the operation of fishing vessels and tourist vessels at sea so that vessels avoid entering storm-affected areas and find safe shelter.
On Wednesday September 16 at 10 a.m., border guards informed 285384 people aboard 58345 ships of the storm and ordered them to move away from potentially at-risk areas.
According to the border guard command, as of Wednesday morning of September 17 around 700 ships were in areas likely to be affected by the storm. The number does not include vessels that operate in coastal areas.
Trinh Dinh Dung called on the localities to instruct the vessels to proceed to the shelters, to ensure the safety of human life and property, especially to help people to strengthen the aquaculture facilities, as the central region was a high economic value aquaculture production center in Vietnam.
Localities were also urged to put in place evacuation plans to ensure the safety of people living in vulnerable areas such as coastal areas, river mouths and areas prone to landslides and floods.
Anti-flooding measures must be taken into account to protect urban areas and agricultural production.
The Deputy Prime Minister called for a review to quickly resolve the problems of dams and reservoirs of hydroelectric power stations.
Now, many reservoirs in the central region are dry, so their operators must closely monitor and adjust water storage to ensure reservoir safety.
He assigned specific tasks to ministries and agencies, urging them to use available resources to respond actively, effectively and in a timely manner to the storm.
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