Nari Storm preparation in central provinces

A conference, held in the central coastal Da Nang City on October 14, had met to discuss preparations for the tropical storm Nari which is predicted to hit Da Nang City.

Accordingly, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister cum Head of the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control Cao Duc Phat has asked local authorities to evacuate people in the storm-hit areas.

Until 7PM on October 14, authorities in Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam in the Central have evacuated 155,000 locals to safer shelters. Authorized agencies also stocked up in food, medicine and essential goods for residents in at-risk areas

As most of hydroelectric dams and reservoirs are full of water, Phat asked managers of reservoirs and dykes to discharge water soon and forbid this act when flooding is taking place.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai October 14 arrived in Tam Quang commune, Nui Thanh district, and Hoi An City in the central province of Quang Nam to inspect preparations for tropical storm Nari. Before, Hai also worked with leaders of Quang Ngai Province and Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Company to check preparation task.

In the central city of Da Nang, many districts including Lien Chieu, Thanh Khe, Hai Chau, and Son Tra had blackouts when electricity posts fell down on the ground. Traffic police set up roadblocks in an attempt to prevent people from travelling on bridges Tran Thi Ly, Song Han, Rong, and Thuan Phuoc.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, tropical storm Nari landed on the central provinces of Quang Tri to Quang Ngai on October 15. The storm is expected to weaken as it moves west at around 10-15 kilometers per hour.

Due to continuous heavy rain, rivers has risen from October 14. People shold be alert for flash flood in mountainous areas from Nghe An to Quang Ngai.

While on tours to check safety of reservoirs in Huong Dien Hydroelectricity, Chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao discovered Huong Dien plant leaders not to strictly follow coordination rules in water regulation. The chairman asked them to increase discharge volume up to 200 cubic meters per second.

Tran Ngoc Nguyen, chairman of Ly Son District in the central province of Quang Ngai said packing wind has hit the island district blowing off roof and plants. Meantime, in the central province of Binh Thuan’s Phu Quy District, two fishing boats have been submerged due to strong wind. Local government and people salvaged them to land.

From October 2-14, the Fatherland Front in Ho Chi Minh City has been received VND4.1 billion and nearly 18 tons of commodities including rice, instant noodle, clothes, and blankets from individuals and organizations to support people in the central provinces. The Fatherland Front has given VND5.8 billion and transported 16.2 tons of commodities to storm-hit locals. Of which, more than 5.3 tons of rice and 3.3 tons of other commodities were given to people in the central province of Quang Binh and 5 tons of rice and one tons of instant noodles to people in Quang Ngai.


Localities urged to gear up for storm Nari
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on October 13 issued a notice regarding measures to cope with tropical storm Nari, the 11 th storm to hit Vietnam this year, which is forecast to land on the central region on October 15.

The Prime Minister required provinces and cities from Thanh Hoa to Phu Yen to mobilise forces while closely coordinating with relevant ministries and branches to drastically and promptly implement preventive measures in order to minimize losses in human lives and property.

All off-shore fishing vessels must be informed of the storm and directed to find safe shelter. At the same time, rescue forces must stand ready for action, he said.

Checks should be conducted to ensure the safety of dykes and water reservoirs while supplies of food and essential goods should be stocked up.

According to the National Steering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control, by 6am on October 14, central coastal provinces from Quang Binh to Khanh Hoa contacted a total of 44,343 fishing vessels with 180,734 fishermen to urge them to find shelters.

Provinces between Quang Binh and Quang Nam have also devised plans for evacuation of more than 155,500 people who are residing in and around areas vulnerable to flood and landslide.

Meanwhile, Da Nang City is working to evacuate about 11,000 households by 12am on October 14.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorlogical Forecasting said by 4am on October 14, the storm was about 330 kilometres east of Quang Tri and Quang Ngai provinces, packing maximum winds of between 134 and 149 kilometres per hour.

In the next 24 hours, the storm is expected to move west and west-northwest at around 15 kilometres per hour.-VNA

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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