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Fierce storm strikes East Sea territory

Update: December, 06/2012 - 11:10

HA NOI (VNS)— After slamming into the southern Philippines and claiming more than 200 lives, Typhoon Bopha has hit the East Sea.

This makes it the ninth typhoon to hit the East Sea this year, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

With wind strengths of up to 118-133 kilometres per hour, the storm could today create rough seas from central Da Nang City to Tien Giang in the Mekong Delta.

At 4pm yesterday, the eye of the storm was 450km east-south-east of Song Tu Tay Island in the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago.

The storm is expected to move north-westernly at speeds of 15-20km/h in the next 24 hours. It may even intensify in the next two to three days.

"It could move in a complicated fashion and stay around for five to six days," said the centre's director, Bui Minh Tang, at an urgent meeting yesterday.

He also said it would strongly affect the central region of the East Sea within a day or so.

A call was made yesterday to authorities in coastal localities from central Da Nang City to the Mekong Delta to take precautions against the storm.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Prevention, has told coastal provinces in vulnerable areas to prepare for the storm.

By yesterday morning, more than 250,000 people and nearly 50,000 fishing vessels had been informed of the dangers, according to the National Steering Committee for Search and Rescue. — VNS

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