Central Vietnam braces for storm’s landfall

Central provinces and the Central Highlands of Vietnam are gearing up to face Haitang, the fourth tropical storm to hit the country this year, which is forecast to hit the central region early Sept. 27.

The typhoon is forecast to be 100 km northeast off the central coast of Ha Tinh to Quang Nam provinces as of 7 pm Monday, with wind speeds of between 62-88 kph.

Danang City residents use sand sacks to make their roofs firm on the Sep 26 morning (Photo: SGGP)

Residents, youth volunteers together with police and military forces in provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Nam have been deployed. Fishing boats at sea across the region are on the way to take shelter.

Sai Gon Giai Phong reporters witnessed many preparedness activities in the localities on Monday morning.

Soldiers and residents in Danang City bring fishing boats onto the seashore on the Sep 26 morning (Photo: SGGP)

Mr. Phan Thanh Hung, office manager of the Thua Thien-Hue Province Committee for Storm Preparedness and Rescue Work, said all fishing boats of the province had taken shelter this morning.

Ha Tinh saw heavy rains across the province on Monday morning. Almost 27,500 residents in Ha Tinh were being evacuated to minimize risks.

The province has been harvesting 15,000 of about 41,200 hectares of rice of the current crop, and officials said rice losses would happen if the typhoon hits.

In an urgent meeting of the Central Steering Committee for Storm Preparedness and the National Committee for Rescue Work Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai asked relevant agencies to contact vessels in indicated areas and make sure they stay informed about places to find safe shelter from the storm.

He also requested Mekong provinces in the south to mobilize all the resources available to strengthen the dyke systems to protect people and crops.

The Mekong Delta is struggling against Mekong River floodwaters being nine-year record high.
In the delta, flooding remained serious in many provinces Sunday. The level of the Tien River in Tan Chau was 4.7 m, or 0.2 m higher than Alarming Level 3. The Hau River level in Chau Doc was measured at 4.05 m, 0.05 m above the same alarming level.

A dyke system in Dong Thap Province’s Hong Ngu Town was broken due to floods, causing serious damage to about 300 people who need help as soon as possible, local authorities reported.

By staff reporters, combined by Tuong Thuy

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