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Deputy PM calls for quick response to storm

Update: September, 15/2015 - 09:23
A violent storm named Vamco, with wind speeds of 60km to 75km per hour, hit coastal provinces from Da Nang to Quang Ngai last night. —VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tho

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai yesterday called for drastic measures to minimise damages caused by natural disasters during an online meeting,

He asked localities to be ready to response to tropical low pressure storm Vamco and tackle its aftermath .

Storm Vamco, with wind speeds of 60km to 75km per hour, hit coastal provinces from Da Nang to Quang Ngai last night. This is the third storm to hit the East Sea this year.

According to the border guard force, over 210,000 fishermen and crew who work at sea were informed about the storm yesterday.

The National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting said that at 8am yesterday, the eye of the storm was located about 140km to the east of the coastal provinces of Da Nang and Quang Ngai.

From yesterday till Wednesday, provinces in the central section of the central region and northern Central Highlands will experience heavy rain.

From today till Friday, heavy rain is expected to hit the northern section of the central region and the Hong (Red) River Delta.

The rains could bring floods in the central provinces of Thanh Hoa to Binh Dinh and the northern section of Central Highland provinces. The provinces also face the risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas.

During the online meeting on natural disaster prevention and control with 44 provinces and cities from the north to central regions of the country, Deputy PM Hai also asked localities to boost communication to help citizens better respond to natural disasters.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, who is also head of the National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control, said storms that are formed on the East Sea and activate near the coast usually cause heavy and dangerous rains and floods.

Locals in Hoi An cope with the consequences of storm Vamco, which hit the region last night. —VNA/VNS Photo

The committee yesterday morning said vessels out on the sea should leave dangerous areas and seek shelter in safe places.

On Sunday, it issued a dispatch directing localities and ministries to implement plans to deal with the tropical low pressure front that later formed the tropical storm Vamco early yesterday morning.

Authorities have been instructed to inform ship owners about the location, direction and developments of the storm.

The committee asked provinces to prepare rescue forces and vehicles, while submitting regular reports on the situation to the offices of the National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue.

According to the national weather forecast, the El Nino phenomenon could cause about six tropical storms in the East Sea this year, half of them directly hitting Viet Nam.

Disaster damage

During the first eight months of this year, natural disasters killed 98 people, injured 112 and another 18 people are still missing.

Over 1,000 houses collapsed or were swept away. Some 23,000 people joined search-and-rescue activities, helping evacuate over 8,000 people from flood or landslide-hit areas to safer shelters.

About 200,000 ha of rice were damaged by drought while other natural disasters hit more than 45,000 ha of rice and about 4,600 ha of aquaculture cultivation. The loss, not including drought-relating loss, is estimated at VND5.46 trillion (US$243 million).

According to the National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control, localities face shortage of staff, equipment and comprehensive scenarios to respond to natural disasters. Planning and disaster warning systems also faced limitations. — VNS

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