Typhoon changes course to skirt northern coastline

Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, said on Sunday that Typhoon Son Tinh has changed course to now skirt the northern and central coastline before heading towards the Gulf of Tonkin.

A large part of the sea dyke connecting Hon Co Island with Quang Trach District in Quang Binh Province was destroyed by fierce waves (Photo: SGGP)

Earlier, the typhoon was expected to make landfall in the north-central region by late Saturday or early Sunday.

At a meeting of the Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention on Sunday, Mr. Tang said that the typhoon has brought in strong winds and heavy rains in the north-central and northern regions.

Coastal provinces in the northeastern region have seen 100-200mm rainfall, and in some areas in Thai Binh City, Nam Dinh Province and Hai Phong City rainfall measured 300-400mm.
 
Hanoi has also had persistent non-stop heavy rainfall since Sunday afternoon.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention said that since Sunday, authorities in Quang Ninh, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh Provinces and in Hai Phong City have banned boats from going out to sea and have evacuated residents from coastal areas and flood prone areas to safer locations.
 
By 8.30am on Sunday, a 330m stretch of dyke connecting Hon Co Island with Hon La Port in Quang Trach District in Quang Binh Province collapsed into fragments after being slashed by 15-30m high waves.
  
This sea dyke is the largest in the north-central region and the total damage is estimated to reach VND50 billion (US$2.40 million).

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By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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