Typhoon Mirinae to hit central Vietnam coast

Typhoon Mirinae, the eleventh storm to hit Vietnam this year, is forecast to make landfall in central provinces from Phu Yen to Binh Thuan on November 2 with gusts beyond force 9, the national weather bureau said.

Receiving the notification of the approaching storm, offshore vessels are on the way back to land

Strong winds near the storm’s eye October 31 reached levels 10-11, 89 to 117 kilometers an hour, with gusts at level 12-13.

Weather forecasters predicted the storm would be 270 kilometers from the coast of Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa provinces late afternoon on November 1.

At a meeting of the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention on October 31, the Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai asked local provincial authorities, from Phu Yen to Binh Thuan, to evacuate people in danger zones to safer ground and warned fishermen to safely anchor their boats during the storm.

Three inspectorate teams were sent to Binh Thuan and Phu Yen, and one reporting details of hydroelectric reservoirs from the central province of Quang Nam to the steering board to ensure that excess water from such reservoirs, causing rivers to swell to dangerous levels and heavily submerge floodplains, will not occur as it did after the recent Typhoon Ketsana.

Local authorities have stockpiled food and essential commodities in case that some regions are separated by the storm.

The Government has provided VND98 billion(US$5,5 million) and 3,500 tons of husked rice to central and Central Highlands provinces, which were seriously affected by Typhoon Ketsana in late September and early October.

Accordingly, Thanh Hoa Province will receive VND10 billion and 1,000 tons of rice, Nghe An, VND10 billion and 2,000 tons of rice and Dak Lak, VND20 billion and 500 tons of rice.

Meanwhile, Gia Lai Province will be allocated VND 20 billion, Ha Tinh, VND 5 billion and Phu Yen, VND 5 billion.

The remaining VND 13 billion will be added to the Defense Ministry’s budget for rescue operations.

The Government has approved the program of shoring up sea dykes from Quang Ninh to Quang Nam, which will last to 2015, ordering provinces to prioritize repairs and upgrade important embankments and call for social contributions.

Over 4,000 vessels with 31,000 fishermen have been given notification of the approaching storm, with most on the way back to land.

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By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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