HA NOI (VNS)— A tropical low-pressure system was reported to form in the eastern part of the East Sea yesterday morning, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
By 1pm yesterday, the eye of the potential storm was about 430km to the eastern part of Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago with wind speeds ranging from 39-61km per hour.
The tropical low-pressure system was forecast to gain strength and moving west and west-north-west at 20km per hour. It was predicted to create rough seas and strong winds in the northern and central parts of the East Sea.
The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control sent an urgent message yesterday to coastal provinces to urge them to actively prepare for the tropical low-pressure system.
The coastal provinces were also requested to inform offshore fishing vessels about the progress of the tropical low-pressure system and find safe anchorage.
Flash floods kill 21
At least 21 people have been killed, three are missing and 16 others injured following days of torrential rains, flash floods and landslides in northern mountain provinces.
Nine of those killed on Wednesday night were among a group of 25 teachers sleeping in bungalows next to their school in Lao Cai Province's Sa Pa Town. Their bodies have been recovered.
Fourteen of the teachers swept away have been found and taken to hospital. Another two are still missing.
Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan yesterday morning called on families of affected teachers to convey his condolences.
According to the latest report from the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, 37 local houses collapsed, 27 were severely damaged and more than 1,700ha of crop were destroyed in the northern mountainous provinces.
Local authorities are helping those affected get their lives back to normal, following an urgent message from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Local teams attempt to seek the two missing people.
About VND300 million (US$14,100) and 200 packages of instant noodles have been sent to victims' families so far.
In the meantime, whirlwinds were said to attack southern provinces for a couple of days, killing one and causing initial property damages of about VND2.2 billion ($104,000).
A 46-year-old man was killed after being struck by lightning on Thursday in southern Dong Nai Province's Bien Hoa City. — VNS