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Viet Nam braces for low pressure front

Update: September, 14/2015 - 10:36
Boats are hiding storm in Central Da Nang Province. The National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control yesterday issued a dispatch directing localities and ministries to deploy plans in response to a tropical low pressure front that is forecast to hit coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Binh Thuan. — Photo nhandan.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control yesterday issued a dispatch directing localities and ministries to deploy plans in response to a tropical low pressure front that is forecast to hit coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Binh Thuan.

Authorities have been instructed to inform ship owners about the location, direction and developments of the front.

The low pressure front needed careful monitoring along with the subsequent rains and floods, especially in areas with a high risk of flash floods and landslides, said the committee.

In addition, provinces must ready rescue forces and vehicles while submitting regular reports on the situation to the Offices of the National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the low pressure front had reached the southeastern waters off Viet Nam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago yesterday afternoon, packing winds of up to 60km per hour.

In the next 24 hours, it will head west and is likely to become a tropical storm. Heavy rains are forecast in central and Central Highlands provinces until Wednesday, which will then head north. — VNS

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