Southern provinces on high alert against Noul

With tropical storm Noul moving across the East Sea towards southern Vietnam, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called for mobilizing all available resources to cope with it.

The predicted route of tropical storm Noul (Photo: National Hydrometeorology Forecast Center)
Noul is expected to lie centered north of the Spratly Islands (Truong Sa) and 260 kilometers east of Ninh Thuan province this afternoon, packing winds of force 8 (62-74 km per hour) or even 9 or 10, the National Hydrometeorology Forecast Center said.

Beginning this afternoon, the region between Ninh Thuan and Ca Mau Provinces would have strong winds, with some areas getting moderate to heavy rains, it said.

The storm would approach land by noon tomorrow, the center forecast. Its current path could take it over most of the southern provinces or it could change course to make landfall on the Ca Mau province, Bui Minh Tang, director of the center said.

In an emergency dispatch yesterday, the PM ordered disaster and other agencies to make plans for evacuation and rescue available before 6 pm today.

They include the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control; Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Defense, Public Security, Natural Resources and Environment, Transport, Construction, Health, Information and Communications, Education and Training; and the governments of south-central and southern provinces and cities.

Yesterday Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung ordered four task forces to be set up and dispatched immediately to southern provinces to assist local authorities.

The PM ordered authorities of all provinces from Ninh Thuan to Ca Mau to ban boats from going out to sea and order those at sea to return.
  
To ensure the safety of the Dau Tieng reservoir in southern Tay Ninh province in case of heavy rains caused by the storm, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cao Duc Phat ordered the release of 150-250 cubic meters of water from 7 am this morning.

The PM ordered the weather bureau and its local offices to track the storm and provide accurate predictions about its movements to concerned agencies and provinces and cities in the path of the storm.

By staff writers - Translated by Vinh Tho

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