Mekong Delta prepares to face Storm ‘Sonamu’

The coastal provinces in the Mekong Delta from Ben Tre and Tra Vinh to Ca Mau are working towards minimizing the damage that is expected with the onslaught of Storm ‘Sonamu’.

Storm ‘Sonamu’ is the first storm in the East Sea in 2013, and is currently moving west-southwest towards the south of Vietnam, reported the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

At 4 am today, January 5, the storm was located near the Truong Sa Lon Island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, packing winds of 75-88 km and gusts of 103-132 kph.

The storm is moving west and southwest at 10-15 km and will locate about 320km east-southeast of Con Dao Island by 4am Sunday.

Within the next 24 hours, the storm will continue to move west-southwest at 10 kph towards the south of Ca Mau Peninsula, which includes Ca Mau, Bac Lieu and Soc Trang Provinces.

The storm is expected to combine with strong seasonal southwesterly winds, causing rough seas in the middle and southern areas of the East Sea, including Truong Sa, with winds of 40- 62 kph.

Winds will be stronger near the eye of the storm at 63-87 kph, with gusts of upto 132 kph.

The storm will cause rough seas in the coastal area between Binh Thuan and Ca Mau Provinces, with winds of 40-62 kph and gusts of upto 75 kph.

Nguyen Long Hoai, head of Ca Mau Province Steering Board for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, said the authorities have kept 1,000 fishing boats with about 9,000 fishermen on board well informed of the storm’s movement so that they can take safety measures in time.

Meanwhile, the authorities of two other provinces, Bac Lieu and Soc Trang, have prepared plans to evacuate people in several districts for safety reasons when and if necessary.

The Ben Tre Steering Board for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has also directed relevant organs to give warning to more than 300 fishing vessels operating in areas expected to be in the path of the storm.

All the Mekong Delta coastal provinces are actively considering emergency options like installing round-the-clock guards and maintaining continuous communication at all times.

Source SGGPOL, translated by Dan

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