HA NOI (VNS)— Provinces stretched along the nation's coast, from Quang Ninh in the north to Ba Ria-Vung Tau in the south, have been put on high alert as super typhoon Hagupit approaches the East Sea.
All the localities and the ministries of Defence, Transport, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Foreign Affairs have been asked to stand ready to take prompt action, with weather agencies estimating that Hagupit will enter the East Sea in a few days.
The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue yesterday asked the localities and ministries to closely follow the typhoon's development and notify vessels operating on the East Sea about the storm.
They have also been asked to prepare evacuation plans, get search and rescue forces and vehicles ready, and regularly report on these preparations to the committee. At 1pm yesterday, Hagupit's eye was about 400km east of the Philippines' Samar island, the Central Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre said, adding that it was packing winds of 184-201km per hour.
In the next 24 hours, the typhoon is expected to move west at a speed of 10-15km per hour. At 1pm today, its centre will be about 120km east of Samar with wind speeds of 167-201km per hour.
At 1pm on Sunday, the storm's eye is projected to be at 12.2 degrees north and 123.4 degrees east, in the central region of the Philippines, with winds of 150-166km per hour.
Hagupit is set to be the fifth storm to enter the East Sea this year. — VNS