Coastal Provinces Bracing for Typhoon Durian

Typhoon Durian's center is about 530km southeast of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on Saturday afternoon.

The National Hydrometeorology Forecasting Centre announced after passing Luzon Island into the Philippines, Typhoon Durian would hit the East Sea as the ninth storm to Viet Nam this year.

At 16:00 on the afternoon of December 2, the centre of Typhoon Durian was situated at 13.5 north latitude and 115.5 east longitude, about 530km southeast of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.

In the next 24 hours, it is forecast that Typhoon Durian will move west at a speed of 15km per hour. At 16:00 Sunday, the centre of Typhoon will be about 400km southof the archipelago.

There will be rough seas and strong winds gusting up to category 9 and 10 in the East Sea, and up to category 11 and 12 near the storm centre due to the storm’s impacts. The strongest wind force near its centre strengthened to category 12 (118-133km per hour).

According to the command of the border guard, up to 5:30 on the morning of December 1, over 1,900 ships with 12,600 fishermen on board, who are natives of Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces and Da Nang city, have been informed about the storm.

In addition, over 2,100 ships with 18,000 fishermen on board operating in the risk area near Hoang Sa, Truong Sa and in southern sea were also informed of the danger.

The command said 401 ships and boats with over 1600 fishermen remained operating offshore in Da Nang on Friday afternoon. However, up to 17:00 the same day, they had informed most of the boats and successfully instructed 102 boats with 660 fishermen to get back land. Other 50 fishing boats were

Meanwhile, there remain 27 ships and boats with 169 fishermen on their way back to land in Quang Nam province, other 36 ships are operating in the risk area near Hoang Sa, Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos and 34 ships with 248 fishermen in the southern province of Bac Lieu are out of touch.

By staff writers – Translated by Trong Khuong

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