|A tropical storm, internationally called Melor, with wind speeds reaching up to 150km per hour and churning through central Philippines, is heading for the East Sea. — Photo NCHMF
HA NOI (VNS) — A tropical storm, internationally called Melor, with wind speeds reaching up to 150km per hour and churning through central Philippines, is heading for the East Sea.
The storm will be spotted at about 13.1 degrees north latitude and 119.3 degrees east longitude, about 570 km east-northeast of Song Tu Tay island of Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago by 1pm today, forecast the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
Melor, moving west at 5km to 10km per hour, was predicted to bring strong winds, 3m to 4m-high waves and rough seas in the eastern part of the East Sea since yesterday evening, the centre said.
To brace for the storm, the department of search and rescue under the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army on Monday issued an urgent message, asking the border and marine police in coastal cities and provinces stretching from Da Nang to Ca Mau to actively inform all vessels out on the sea about the storm.
The border and marine police were also asked to mobilise all emergency forces to cope with the storm.
A quick report yesterday morning by the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention said 910 vessels were fishing in the middle of the East Sea and near Truong Sa and Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelagos, and about 52,700 vessels were in other places.
The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control also asked the localities and the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Defence, Transport and Foreign Affairs to keep a close watch on the typhoon's course.
They were requested to steer ships operating at sea to escape from or not to enter dangerous areas, which will cross from the 15th to 5th parallel in the next 72 hours, while informing locals and soldiers on Truong Sa islands to take countermeasures.
The committee also called for the close management over vessels going out to sea and to maintain regular contact with them, as well as the readiness of relief forces and equipment.
According to the Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, typhoon Melor swept through the central Philippines on Monday, killing at least three and leaving millions without power.
The tropical storm uprooted trees and cut off electricity supplies in at least seven central provinces.
Melor brushed the Bicol peninsula – home to 5.4 million people – on Monday night before slamming into the Romblon island the next morning. — VNS