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Central region scrambles to prepare for tropical storm

Update: November, 02/2013 - 10:30
Flooding submerged Phan Dinh Phung Street in HCM City's Phu Nhuan District. Relevant authorities were asked to carry out plans to prevent floods caused by heavy rain, rising tides and water discharge from reservoirs in the upper sections of rivers in the region. — VNA/VNS Photo Trang Duong
HA NOI (VNS)  — Central provinces and cities quickly prepared for storm Krosa, the 12th tropical storm to hit the country this year, which was predicted to make landfall on the central region's coastline next Monday accompanied by torrential rain.

Over 74,000 fishing boats were ordered to avoid high-risk areas and find anchorage, according to the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control.

Rescue teams prepared to help locals cope with the storm, which entered the East Sea yesterday morning, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

By 4pm yesterday, the eye of the storm was about 660km east of Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, with winds ranging from 118-133km per hour.

Moving west at 15-20km per hour, the storm will cause strong winds and rough waters in the northern part of the East Sea.

The centre also forecasts that one or two storms or tropical low-pressure systems would appear in the East Sea this month, causing three or four heavy rainstorms for central and southern central regions. These areas were put on high alert for floods and landslides.

HCM City floods

The Steering Board for Combating floods and Victim Rescue of HCM City has asked relevant authorities to carry out plans to prevent floods caused by heavy rains, rising tides and water discharge from reservoirs in the upper sections of rivers in the region.

The board asked the authorities of districts 12, Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, Go Vap, Cu Chi and Hoc Mon to better control flood-prone spots and inspect embankments, dykes, sewers and culverts, and to prepare materials to prevent embankments from breaking.

The People's Committees of Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, Cu Chi and 12 Districts were asked to cooperate with the Sai Gon Industry Corporation to minimise floods in these districts.

According to forecasts from the Southern Hydro-Meteorology Station, water levels in rivers and canals in the city are expected to rise sharply, exceeding the alarm level No 3 in coming days.

The highest tide will be reached on November 5 and 7 between 3am and 7am and from 4pm and 8pm.

Under the station's forecasts, the rising tide at Phu An Station on Sai Gon River will reach 1.51 metres (exceeding the alarm level No 3) and 1.53 metres on November 3.

On November 4, the rising tide will reach 1.53 metres at 5 am and 1.59 metres at 4:30 pm.

On November 5, it will continue to reach 1.57 metres at 5:30am and 1.62 metres at 5:30 pm. — VNS


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