|The Sinlaku storm is forecast to hit the south-central region of Viet Nam today. — Photo of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorlogical Forecasting.
HA NOI (VNS) — A tropical low formed in the East Sea yesterday has developed into a storm called Sinlaku, which is forecast to bring heavy rain, whirlwinds and rough seas to the south-central region today, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre.
The fourth storm affecting Viet Nam this year, Sinlaku is moving west-by-northwest at a speed of 25kph and is forecast to be centred 180km off the coast of provinces from Binh Dinh to Khanh Hoa at 1pm today.
It will continue moving west at a speed of 20kph for the next 24 hours and then land in south-central provinces before weakening into a tropical depression on Sunday.
The centre warned of possible floods in provinces from Quang Nam to Khanh Hoa and landslides and flashfloods in mountainous provinces.
The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control sent an urgent alert about the storm yesterday to coastal provinces from Quang Nam to Ca Mau and Kien Giang as well as relevant ministries and agencies.
They were instructed to inform all ships operating in the affected area about the storms' movements so that they could return to shore or leave dangerous areas.
Localities were also told to make emergency evacuation plans for coastal and high-risk areas, inspect reservoirs and dykes and review flood prevention and control measures.
At a meeting yesterday, Minister of agriculture and rural development Cao Duc Phat asked authorities in Phu Yen, Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa provinces to ban fishing boats or other vessels from going offshore today.
He also insisted that flood control plans be made before 5pm today. — VNS