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Vietnam braces for Molave, to move 1.3M people

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The Ke Go reservoir in Ha Tinh in central Vietnam starts to discharge water on Monday in preparation for downpour brought by the incoming typhoon. VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY/VIET NAM NEWS

Vietnam braces for Molave, to move 1.3M people

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday has requested ministries, agencies and localities to prepare for tropical Storm Molave, the ninth storm of this year and the fourth within a month, given the likelihood of it hitting central Vietnam.

To prepare for the storm, Phuc asked localities to implement official emergency response measures.

“We cannot let our guard down,” the prime minister stated during an online meeting held on Monday with agencies and provinces to discuss ways to prevent damage caused by the storm and floods.

Rescue workers in flood-hit areas in the central region would remain on alert and continue searching for missing people.

Phuc said: “Saving people is the most important thing.”

Local authorities should instruct fishing vessels to dock in safe locations, while fishermen should head inland to avoid the storm, he added.

Localities also needed to evacuate lowland and coastal areas due to the risk of strong waves, and ensure the safety of dykes, dams and other irrigation systems.

To prepare for the storm, Phuc asked the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting to provide prompt updates to relevant agencies and media sources.

The Ministry of Information and Communications, Vietnam Television, the Voice of Vietnam, and all media agencies were asked to regularly update forecasts, warnings and instructions.

Phuc requested the National Committee for Search and Rescue and the Ministry of Defence and other forces to be ready to help localities with search and rescue missions if needed.

Helicopters, tanks and other vehicles would be deployed if people were trapped or threatened by the storm, he said.

The electricity industry was asked to ensure power after the storm, while the transport sector was instructed to keep traffic running smoothly.

According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Storm Molave was as strong as Storm Damrey that hit in 2017, causing serious damage to people, property and infrastructure, with more than 100 people killed and tens of trillions of dong in damage.

According to the committee, 25,063 vessels from Thua Thien-Hue to Khanh Hoa could be affected by the storm, while 14,063ha of aquaculture and 178,938 fish cages were also in its path.

The committee also said that reservoirs and dykes must be monitored from Thua Thien-Hue to Ninh Thuan.

Border guards and fisheries agencies have informed 289,298 people on 59,477 vessels about the storm and instructed them to keep away from possibly affected areas.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecast said that on Monday morning, Storm Molave had entered the East Sea (South China Sea).

The eye of the storm is forecast to be between Danang and Phu Yen on October 28, with wind speeds gusting up to 183km/h.

Nearly 1.3 million people are likely to be moved to safe areas.

The provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan have been instructed to keep boats informed of the direction of the storm.

Mai Van Khiem, director of the centre, said it was going to be a severe storm.

Waves of 8-10m were forecast at sea, with breakers of 5-7m high in coastal areas from Danang to Phu Yen province. Sea levels were also expected to rise by 1m from Quang Nam to Binh Dinh provinces.

The centre also warned that from October 27 to 29, heavy rain would hit central provinces, with 200-350mm falling.

The storm could also combine with a cold front that could cause lasting heavy rain in northern and central regions.

The provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Bình were predicted see over 500mm.

As a result, mountainous areas in the northern central region would be at very high risk of flash floods and landslides.

It is forecasted that in the next 24 hours, the storm would continue moving west at a speed of 20-25km/h as it grew in strength.

By 7pm on Tuesday, the storm was forecast to be about 13.7 degrees north latitude and 115.0 degrees east longitude.

VIET NAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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