Central Provinces brace for Storm ‘Nari’

On October 13, the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control and authorities from all Central Provinces from Thanh Hoa to Phu Yen held an online meeting in Hanoi to discuss preventive measures against Storm ‘Nari’, before it makes landfall along the coast.

The direction of the storm 'Nari' (Photo:the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center)

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said that the central provinces need to closely monitor the direction of the storm to respond promptly to any emergency situation. He has asked that boats, fishing vessels located near the storm must be moved to safer shores. Residents near danger zones must be evacuated as soon as possible before the storm moves into the mainland.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue have set up two teams to inspect and direct preventive measures in highly dangerous areas.

Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Chairman of the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, has asked that Quang Nam, Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri Provinces complete all storm preventive measures before 7pm of October 14. The elderly and children in Quang Binh Province must be moved out of danger zones immediately.

According to weather forecasts, on the afternoon of October 13, Storm ‘Nari’ was located 240 kilometers southeast of Paracel Islands at longitude 15.3 degrees north and latitude 113.7 degrees east with sustained wind speeds of level 15-16 near the center. Within the next 24 hours the storm will move west northwestwards at 15-20 kilometers per hour.

The wind speeds of level 15-16 near the center (Photo:SGGP)

Territorial waters from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai, including Ly Son and Con Co Islands, will face wind speeds of level 8; later wind speeds will increase to level 15-16. From night of October 14, the storm will enter the mainland of the central provinces. Due to its effect, the territorial waters of Paracel Islands will face wind speed of level 9-16.

After receiving information about Storm ‘Nari’, 20 fishing boats of Quang Ngai and 164 fishermen in territorial waters of Paracel Islands moved to the mainland. 57 fishing boats and 631 fishermen of Quang Nam, Binh Dinh in the East Sea also left dangerous area.

Because direction of ‘Nari’ storm is so complicated, local authorities need to pay attention to transport and communications in the storm areas.

According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, another Storm ‘Wipha’, considered a very strong storm, has just appeared in the east of the Philippines. According to weather forecast, ‘Wipha’ will interact with Storm ‘Nari’ at some point.

Fishing boats moved to shore to avoid the storm (Photo:SGGP)

Fishernen move a fishing boat to shore to avoid the storm (Photo:SGGP)

By Press Group- Translated Huyen Huong

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