Viet Nam

Cities, provinces prepares for Storm Tembin

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Update: December, 25/2017 - 14:19

HÀ NỘI — On Monday morning, a total of more than 1.1 million people in 15 provinces and cities in the south were relocated to safe places before Typhoon Tembin could make land fall.

The Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue and the Border Guard Command provided information of the storm’s movement to more than 69,000 vehicles.

According to the Central Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre, at 7am today, the storm’s centre lay some 320km east of Côn Đảo, off the waters of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu. Wind speed reached up to 90-115km per hour.

Côn Đảo District and Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province have called for all vessels operating in Côn Đảo waters to return to safety. All tourists on the island have been relocated to safe shelters.

Nguyễn Văn Dũng, vice chairman of the People’s Committee of Côn Đảo District, said the province has instructed functional forces to continue mobilising fishermen to return to storm shelters. If the fishermen do not comply before 7pm today, functional forces of the district will force them to follow the rule.

On Monday morning, Typhoon Tembin had a negative impact on the weather in Tiền Giang Province. Light and persistent rainfall extended from the coastal areas of Gò Công to Mỹ Tho City, and some other districts, however, no strong winds were reported.

Lương Ngọc Lân, standing vice chairman of Bạc Liêu’s Provincial Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue, currently has more than 76,000ha of rice that have not been harvested. In addition, the province has more than 70,000ha of shrimp that are ready to harvest.

The province’s leaders have directed functional agencies, forces and households to speed up the harvest of shrimp and rice to avoid damage by the storm.

Dozens of flights to and from Hồ Chí Minh City, Phú Quốc and Cần Thơ have been cancelled due to Typhoon Tembin.

Vietnam Airlines (VNA), Jetstar Pacific (JPA) and VASCO (OV) announced plans to reschedule Monday’s flights due to the storm.

Passengers affected will be accommodated on tomorrow’s flights. — VNS