Southern, Central Provinces on high Maysak Alert

Central and southern provinces and cities are taking urgent measures as the Maysak has developed from a depression into a severe tropical storm with unpredictable tendencies as a result of the cold front moving south from north.

The route of Maysak predicted by the meteorological agencies of Vietnam, Hong Kong and Japan, and the US Navy (Photo: Vietnam National Hydrometeorology Forecast Center) 

At 4 pm today the storm will be 260 km east off Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) with the wind at its center of force 9 or 10, or higher, and the sea will be very rough, according to the National Hydrometeorology Forecast Center.

In the next few days, the storm could change its route and hit coastal provinces and cities from Ha Tinh to Ca Mau, said the center.

Mekong Delta provinces are preparing plans to evacuate local residents to safe places in case the typhoon touches down in the area.

More than 300 fishing boats operating in the seas off the southernmost province of Ca Mau are being constantly informed of developments of the storm.

Bac Lieu province has prepared 2,500 vehicles for evacuation and nearly 5,000 safe places to accommodate over 30,000 families living in the province’s coastal areas.

Other southern provinces such as Ben Tre and Tien Giang are also taking similar actions to ensure minimize damage and loss that may be caused by the storm.

Meanwhile, many central provinces, including Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang and Quang Ngai, have been experiencing heavy rains beginning Friday, said the center.

Flooding, landsides and broken embankments have occurred in Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue provinces. Many houses have been seriously damaged. 

Water levels of rivers in Quang Binh have risen to alarm level II. In Quang Ngai, more than 1,000 households in coastal areas are facing the threat of landslides caused by the high tide. Of these, 700 need to be evacuated urgently. 

All the provinces have called for thousands of fishing boats to return from the sea or seek safe places for shelter.

HCM City: Agencies on full alert

The city Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control is carrying out emergency plans to minimize damage and losses that may be caused by the Maysak storm.

The Quality Management and Fisheries Resource Protection Sub-Department, the Border Guard Command, the Military Command, and the authorities of the coastal district of Can Gio must prepare plans to effectively cope with the storm, ensuring safety for the people and minimizing damage and losses that may be caused by the storm, ordered city People’s Committee deputy chairman Nguyen Trung Tin.

The agencies must work around the clock to follow up any development and to prepare all means that are necessary for evacuation and rescue activities when necessary, he added.

More than 100 fishing boats operational at the sea off the Can Gio district have been asked to return or seek safe places for shelter, said the city Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control. 

By staff writers – Translated by Doan Truc

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