HA NOI — An intensifying tropical storm called Kai-Tak hit the north-eastern East Sea yesterday. An alert has been issued to all boats operating on the sea.
According to the Central Hydrometeorological Broadcasting Centre, the storm's centre was at 900km east-northeast of Viet Nam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago at 4pm yesterday.
The storm is currently moving at 75-102km per hour.
The storm will affect the country's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and coastal area from central Binh Thuan to southern Ca Mau provinces.
It will increase the chances of heavy showers in the country's northern, Central Highland and southern areas today, while hot sun will hit the central region again.
To cope with the storm's effects, the Central Storm and Flood Prevention and Control Centre has sent a message to provinces and relevant sectors to help boats reach land in time.
The storm has caused rain in the Philippines as it passed over northern Luzon Island.
In recent days, heavy rain in the northern mountain provinces caused flooding and landslides, resulting in the deaths of two women in Son La and Ha Giang provinces.
Many properties and paddy areas have reportedly been damaged. — VNS