|Thousands of people commuting to jobs in inner HCM City from Thu Duc District are stuck on flooded Kha Van Can Street yesterday. — VNS Photo Thu Hang
HA NOI (VNS) — Typhoon HaiYan was moving towards the East Sea and was forecast to make landfall Sunday night, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
At 7pm yesterday, the eye of the year's 13th storm was about 370km to the east of the Island of Mindanao off the Filippino coast, and was moving in a west and north-west direction with wind speeds ranging from 202 to 221 km per hour.
In the next 48 hours, the powerful storm will be 380km east to the coastline of central provinces from Thua Thien-Hue to Binh Dinh, with strong winds of 167-183 km per hour.
Under the circumstances, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent an urgent message to coastal provinces and cities yesterday, ordering authorised agencies to minimise damage by taking prompt action and calling offshore ships back to the mainland before 7pm on Saturday.
Central provinces from Thanh Hoa To Binh Dinh were asked to monitor ships operating along the coastline and around estuaries, and a ban will be put in place on Sunday.
Localities were instructed to evacuate high-risk areas and help people to shore up their houses.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has been ordered to check and ensure the safe operation of power transmission systems and reservoirs and ensure food supplies, especially for people living in areas that are likely to be isolated by floods.
The Ministry of Transport is also preparing emergency vehicles to tackle any problems on key roads and instruct people where to go in areas hit by the storm.
Heavy rains and high tides caused severe floods on many major roads in HCM City, resulting in traffic jams during rush hour yesterday morning.
Streets along Tan Hoa- Lo Gom Canal are affected the most by tides, including Hoa Binh Street where the water level reached one metre.
Lac Long Quan and Tan Hoa streets in District 11, and Chu Van An, Dinh Bo Linh and Bui Dinh Tuy streets in Binh Thanh District were flooded. Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7 was also affected.
At the Cay Go Roundabout in District 6, vehicles were unable to move for hours due to severe traffic congestion.
Thousands of people commuting to their jobs in inner HCM City from Thu Duc District were stuck on flooded Kha Van Can Street.
Meanwhile, flood waters from the Huong and Bo rivers in central Thua Thien Hue Province have inundated lowland areas in Quang Dien and Huong Tra districts.
This follows rainfall of 150-300mm on Wednesday.
Forecasters said heavy rain was still lifting river water levels. Families in danger areas have been warned of the potential risks. — VNS