Tropical storm Nida, which featured wind speeds up to 135km per hour yesterday morning, is very close to the East Sea. — Photo earthobservatory.nasa.gov
HÀ NỘI — Tropical storm Nida, which featured wind speeds up to 135km per hour yesterday morning, is very close to the East Sea.
Nida is predicted to have stronger winds than the first tropical storm of the season, Mirinae, which made landfall in the northern provinces, including Nam Ðịnh and Thái Bình, last Wednesday. The new storm was forecast to cause rough seas in the north-eastern East Sea since yesterday morning, with wind gusts up to 183km per hour, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting warned.
Nida comes only two days after Mirinae hit Việt Nam. Mirinae killed 3 people in Hà Nội, Hà Giang and Hà Nam, injured 21 others in Hà Nội, Thái Nguyên, Hòa Bình, Nam Ðịnh and Thái Bình, blew roofs off more than 24,700 houses, and uprooted over 44,000 trees in the northern provinces, according to statistics announced Saturday morning by the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.
To prepare for the upcoming storm, Nida, the committee’s deputy chief Hoàng Văn Thắng sent an urgent message yesterday morning to coastal provinces from Quảng Ninh to Bình Ðịnh, ordering them to mobilise all forces to cope with the storm.
Thắng asked the localities’ administrations to work with relevant agencies to inform sea vessels about storm developments, to help them find safe anchorage.
He assigned the Border Guard Command to instruct vessels not to move into dangerous areas, depending on the direction of the storm.
Northern mountainous provinces and cities were told to make plans to prevent floods and flash floods which might be triggered by the storm.
The latest update from the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting said that at 2pm yesterday, the storm was located in the northern part of the Philippines’ Luzon Island, with wind speeds of up to 100km per hour. The storm is moving west at 20km per hour and is expected to gain strength. — VNS