Bad weather cuts off Lý Sơn Island residents

Update: February, 06/2018 - 15:38
Strong sea waves reaching up to 3 to 4m high in the central province of Quảng Ngãi due to the cold spell. - Photo
Viet Nam News

QUẢNG NGÃI — Thousands of households in the central province of Quảng Ngãi’s Lý Sơn island District have been cut off from the mainland due to the ongoing cold spell and strong waves.

The residents have been isolated for more than a week now.

Lê Tấn Hải, director of Sa Kỳ Port Management Board, told on Monday that high-speed and transport ships travelling from Sa Kỳ Port to Lý Sơn Island and vice versa were forced to suspend operations over the week due to strong wind and waves.

“Goods, essentials and dozens of Kumquat tree pots for Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) festival are stuck at Sa Kỳ Port due to prolonged bad weather,” Hải said.

Some people who want to return home early have rented fishing boats in Quảng Ngãi City’s Tịnh Hòa Port despite the dangerous weather, he said.

The port management board has called on the provincial Department of Transport for timely measures to protect people’s lives and property.

Nguyễn Viết Vy, secretary of Lý Sơn Island District’s Party Committee, said strong waves prevented thousands of local households from going to the mainland to buy food for Tết.

Local authorities have asked Coast Guard Zone 2 to mobilise special ships to help fishermen return to their homes in Lý Sơn Island if the bad weather persists, Vy said.

The provincial hydrometeorological station predicts that the cold spell will ease gradually from Wednesday. — VNS