|Around 44,500 offshore fishing vessels in provinces stretching from Quang Binh to Khanh Hoa have been informed about the progress of the storm – the 11th to hit the east Sea this year - and told to find safe harbour by 6am this morning.— VNA/VNS Photo
CENTRAL REGION (VNS) – Local authorities in the central region have been making preparations for tropical storm Nari, which is due to reach land early tomorrow morning.
Around 44,500 offshore fishing vessels in provinces stretching from Quang Binh to Khanh Hoa have been informed about the progress of the storm – the 11th to hit the east Sea this year - and told to find safe harbour by 6am this morning.
The local authorities of provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Nam have made plans to evacuate nearly 38,500 local households based it vulnerable areas.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday sent an urgent message to coastal central localities to order authorised agencies to take proper action to minimise damage from the coming storm.
In a related move, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai yesterday asked the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control to set up two inspection teams to go to the central provinces and assist local agencies cope with the storm.
On the same day, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat requested that localities, including Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue, finished all their preparations before 7pm today.
Quang Binh Province should immediately evacuate elderly people and children in dangerous areas to safety, Phat added.
The latest update from the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said that by 7am this morning, the eye of the storm was 280km far from the coastline of Quang Tri – Quang Ngai provinces, with wind speeds ranging from 134 to 149 km per hour.
It is moving west at 10-15 km per hour and is forecast to hit land tomorrow morning in the central provinces.
The centre predicted that the storm would bring torrential rains over provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai and the northern part of the Central Highland region.
According to the centre, provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Nam have been put on high alert and told to expect high tides of 3-4 metres.
Storm Nari has also been forecast to cause rough seas and strong winds around the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago and the southern part of the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf. – VNS