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Storm Nalgae bears down on central areas

Update: October, 04/2011 - 09:56
HA NOI — Storm Nalgae was forecast to hit central coastal areas from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue provinces tomorrow, warned the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre.

The storm was expected to gradually weaken as it headed west towards central coastal provinces. At its strongest, it was packing winds of up to 88kph, said the centre's deputy director Le Thanh Hai.

"Contrary to expectations by meteorologists, storm Nalgae did not gain strength as it entered the East Sea but weakened after crossing Luzon Island of the Philippines," he said.

"The storm is weakening as a result of a cold spell from the north and because it has been going for a long time," Hai explained.

"It is forecast to be 150km east of the coastal central provinces from Nghe An to Quang Binh at around 1pm tomorrow and to make landfall in provinces from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue 15 hours later," he said.

The storm, the second in a week, is expected to bring heavy winds and rough seas to the north of the East Sea, including the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.

The Border Guard reported that more than 33,300 vessels with nearly 154,000 people on board had been guided to safer locations as the typhoon approached.

Flood prevention

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai yesterday visited An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta to oversee flood prevention and dyke protection operations.

Meeting with local authorities, Hai urged the province to remain alert in its work to protect and evacuate people from flood and landslide-threatened areas.

To date, floods have inundated more than 14,100 houses, 200km of roads and over 420km of dykes while 14,000sq.m of riverbank has been subject to landslides, according to a provincial steering board for flood and storm prevention and control report.

The Viet Nam Red Cross has provided VND50 million ($2,400) in aid to both Kien Giang and Long An Mekong Delta Provinces for rescue equipment while supplying each province with 500,000 Aquatab tablets to clean water.

The organisation additionally plans to run two training courses in Dong Thap and An Giang provinces to develop local people's capacity to deal with floods.

At least 11 deaths had been reported as many provinces in the region were still waterlogged by rising floodwater, reported the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control.

Floods inundated more than 20,400 houses and destroyed nearly 5,000ha of rice.

The Central Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting yesterday said that floodwaters were falling slowly on the main tributaries of the Mekong River in the Delta.

However, floodwaters in the inner Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) and Long Xuyen Quadrilateral regions would continue increasing slowly and reach their peaks in the next few days, with the flooding level to be 0.2-0.4 metres above the third warning level. — VNS

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