A tropical depression in the East Sea is likely to strengthen into a storm, according to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center on August 6.
The depression was centered at latitude 14.8 degrees north and longitude 112.1 degrees east, about 200km southeast of Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. Near the eye of the storm, wind speed was at 62-74 kph with gusts measuring up to category 9-10 level.
Weather forecasts predicted within the next 24 hours, the depression will move along the coastline of the Central Provinces at speed of 20-25 kph.
Although the storm will weaken into a tropical depression when making landfall in North Vietnam, the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control are still worried.
A meeting was convened in Hanoi to discuss measures against the storm which will surely bring with it heavy and incessant rains in the North while already rivers and lakes in the North are rising to alarming levels due to the recent tropical depression.
Bui Minh Tang, Director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, forecast that the storm will make landfall by 9pm on August 7 or latest by 3am on August 8. Accordingly, construction of embankments and dykes to prevent flooding must be completed before 6pm on August 7.
The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control said of the 2,000 water reservoirs, 72 of them are not secure. Meanwhile border guards said that they along with families and local governments have updated news of the storm and informed nearly 50,000 offshore fishing boats out at sea.