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Coastal provinces braced for 11th storm

Update: October, 14/2013 - 10:51
Tropical storm Nari, the 11th storm to hit Viet Nam this year, passed over the Phillipines' Luzon and into the East Sea on Saturday morning.

HA NOI (VNS)— Tropical storm Nari, the 11th storm to hit Viet Nam this year, passed over the Phillipines' Luzon and into the East Sea on Saturday morning.

With wind speeds reaching level 13 (134-149 kilometres per hour) at its eye, the storm would likely make landfall tomorrow , hitting central provinces from Quang Tri to Thua Thien Hue, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting.

The storm's eye was about 240 kilometres southeast of Hoang Sa Archiplago, with wind speeds reaching as high as 16 yesterday afternoon.

The storm is expected to move westward and then change direction between west and west-northwest at 15-20 kilometres per hour.

At 1 pm today, it will be about 170 kilometres east of central provinces Quang Tri and Quang Ngai.

The Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control asked localities from central Thanh Hoa Province to Phu Yen Province yesterday to prepare for the coming storm.

The central province of Nghe An has informed the public and inspected areas vulnerable to landslides.

Many of the province's 625 reservoirs were damaged by Wutip, which hit the Central region late last month, according to the provincial committee for flood and storm prevention.

The province's rescue forces and facilities plan to stand ready for action.

Meanwhile, the central province of Ha Tinh mobilised about 1,000 people, including army soldiers, public security forces, border guards and locals, to build sea dykes through Thach Kim commune, said vice chairman of Loc Ha District People's Committee Committee Phan Thanh Nhan, adding that part of the dyke system was damaged by Wutip.

The central Da Nang City reported yesterday that about 11,000 households would be evacuated to safer areas .

On Saturday, the National Steering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control issued an urgent notice, calling for cities and provinces to call in offshore fishing vessels and prepare to evacuate at-risk areas.

Wutip, the 10th storm, caused losses totalling VND11 trillion ($517 million) in central coastal provinces last month. The storm killed 14 people and injured 225. — VNS

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