|Heavy rains flood streets in Hai Phong City yesterday. Coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Khanh Hoa have been bracing over the weekend for storm Bebinca, the second tropical storm of the year. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hung-Quang Quyet
HA NOI (VNS)— Coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Khanh Hoa have been bracing over the weekend for storm Bebinca, the second tropical storm of the year.
It made landfall at around 7pm yesterday in the areas of Hai Phong and Thai Binh provinces, nine hours earlier than expected.
Two people were swept away by flash floods in Nghe An Province. Landslides occurred in many mountain communes. In Vinh City, Nghi Loc and Con Cuong Districts, residents had to temporarily leave their homes due to deep floodwaters in many streets.
Nearly 354mm of rain fell on Hon Ngu Island oi Nghe An Province. More than 8,000 hectares of rice paddies and 385 lakes and ponds used for raising aquaculture in the province were submerged.
According to the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control, nearly 20,000 vessels in central provinces moved to safety.
After making landfall, the storm was moving at around 10km per hour. It's expected to become a tropical low pressure within this morning.
About 1,800 residents of Cat Hai town in Hai Phong were relocated last night as the storm had flooded all areas of the town, causing a power blackout. No injuries were reported.
In Quang Ninh Province, according to Nguyen Van Thanh, chairman of the Co To Island District People's Committee, more than 1,000 tourists visiting the island were taken back to the mainland before the storm could hit land.
About 500 tourists volunteered to stay back in the island despite being informed of the weather conditions. All ferry services were stopped at about 2pm on Saturday. According to Thanh, all accommodation services on the island were told to stock up with enough water and food.
Water was flowing over 50m of Quan Lan dyke in Quang Ninh. Hoang Van Thanh, deputy chairman of Van Don People's Committee, said the sea dyke system of Quan Lan was 2,000 metre long, but in some parts the height was low. The district was on high alert throughout the night to monitor the situation.
Thai Binh Province relocated people from nearly 2,300 seaside households yesterday.
Nguyen Van Bai, chairman of the Tien Hai District People's Committee, said the district had notified 2,500 workers in oyster huts near the sea to return home. All residents were forbidden from moving outside the national dyke system.
Twenty metres of dyke in Quat Lam in Giao Thuy District of Nam Dinh collapsed yesterday. Officials quickly and successfully organised repairs.— VNS