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Northern region digs in for tropical storm

Update: July, 25/2012 - 10:25

HA NOI — Provinces and cities in the northern region have taken measures to avoid potential floods and landslides caused by Storm Vincente, which is forecast to hit the border area of Cao Bang and Lang Son provinces at 4pm today.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said Storm Vincente, after battering the south coast of China, is changing its direction to west-south-west at the speed of 20km per hour. After hitting Cao Bang and Lang Son provinces, it will weaken to a low pressure system.

The northern localities are still forecast to experience heavy downpours of up to 400 mm and strong winds of 39km per hour.

The Department of Crop Production yesterday required the departments of agriculture and rural development in the northern region to re-examine and protect areas under rice cultivation.

The department also reminded localities to check on storage of breeding rice to help farmers resume their production after the storm.

In Ha Noi, the local people's committees were requested to work with the municipal irrigation agencies to draw up anti-flooding plans to protect crops and evacuate residents from areas prone to flash floods.

The city's Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control asked relevant authorities to prepare pumping equipment at flood-prone areas in the inner city and mobilise traffic police at these places to assure traffic flow during rainy days.

In northern Phu Tho Province, the committee guided people to inspect local reservoirs and be on-duty around the clock to cope with potential flash floods caused by the storm, especially in the mountainous areas of Thanh Son, Tan Son, Ha Hoa and Cam Khe.

An urgent meeting was held in the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan, where the possibility of landslides was high.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Nong Van Chi said a water level of 150mm would cause landslides across the whole province.

He required local authorities in landslide-prone areas to persuade residents to move to safer places, citing two households in Dong Vien Commune and households in Hat Deng Resettlement Area in Na Ri, Cho Don, Cho Moi that needed to be promptly evacuated.

Currently, about 34,000 ships and vessels out at sea were informed about the development of the storm. Nearly 100 vessels are still in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago.

Vincente is the fourth storm to hit the East Sea region this year, an area that is expected to have between six and seven tropical low pressures this year. — VNS

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