|Storm Haiyan is moving in a west and north-west direction with winds of 25km per hour and will likely enter the east part of the East Sea on Friday.— Photo nchmf
HA NOI (VNS) — A tropical depression likely to strengthen into a typhoon is heading southeast in the East Sea.
By 7am yesterday, the low-pressure centre was above the north end of Palawan Island in the Philippines, with winds moving at 50-61 km per hour, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre.
Moving quickly south at 30km per hour, the depression was forecast to cause heavy rain in the southern and Central Highlands regions after strengthening into the 13th storm to hit the country this year, said head of the centre's Short-term Forecast Office Vu Anh Tuan.
By 7am today it was forecast to be north of Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago, about 430km east of central provinces from Phu Yen to Binh Thuan.
Meanwhile, Haiyan, a powerful storm born in the Pacific Ocean, was found at latitude 6.5 degrees north and longitude 145.9 degrees east yesterday, according to the centre.
Storm Haiyan is moving in a west and north-west direction with winds of 25km per hour and will likely enter the east part of the East Sea on Friday.
The centre's Director Bui Minh Tang said that as the storm strengthened, it would affect the mainland from Da Nang to Ca Mau and Kien Giang provinces as well as the sea.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent an urgent message to central coastal localities yesterday, ordering authorised agencies to minimise damages by taking actions such as informing ships operating offshore about the storm's development and banning vessels from going offshore.
Localities were instructed to evacuate residents in high-risk areas and help others strengthen their houses before 1pm today.
The National Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Prevention and Control held an online conference yesterday with coastal provinces from Da Nang to Ca Mau and Kien Giang and Central Highlands Lam Dong Province to discuss coping measures.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai stressed that the storm would strike areas that were not usually hit by such weather, so it was especially important for localities to be prepared and raise awareness.
He asked provinces from Quang Ngai to Ba Ria-Vung Tau to keep a close watch over reservoirs. — VNS