|Fishing boats dock at Tam Giang Lagoon in central Thua Thien - Hue Province. — VNS Photo Phuoc Buu
QUANG TRI (VNS) — Authorities of this central province today recalled a total of 2,282 local fishing boats as a safety precaution against tropical storm Vamco, which is approaching from the East Sea.
The province's disaster prevention and rescue centre said it had broadcast an urgent message to 24 boats carrying 166 crewmen, which were operating in the sea near the neighbouring areas of Quang Binh and Da Nang, asking them to return to shore.
The centre is providing updates on the storm to the boat owners while the boats remain docked to ensure the safety of the boats and crew and to deliver the proper responses for emergency cases.
Coastal communities that could be affected by the storms have been given alerts on flooding and landslides.
In Quang Binh Province, local border guards yesterday rescued three crewmen on a cargo ship that sank in the province's sea zone because of the storm.
The HD-1597 ship travelling from northern Hai Duong Province sank six nautical miles from the coast after being hit by strong waves.
The rescued crew were found to be in good health.
The tropical storm is travelling at speeds of 60km to 75km per hour, with the eye of the storm expected to hit coastal provinces from Da Nang to Quang Ngai this afternoon.
It has caused heavy rainfall in most central provinces from Nghe An to Khanh Hoa since this morning. The National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting said the water level of regional rivers was high, alerting the public of the possibility of floods tonight. — VNS