Intensifying tropical depression continues stirring East Sea

A tropical depression has strengthened into a storm brewing over the South China Sea (which Vietnam calls the East Sea) and is forecast to cause heavy rains in Vietnam's northern and central provinces on Tuesday. According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), as of 1 p.m. on Sunday, the storm was around 140 kilometers (87 miles) southeast of China's Hainan Island, with gusts of wind blowing up to 75 kilometers per hour. The storm is expected to be 210 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Vietnamese coasts on Tuesday afternoon, causing heavy rains from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien Hue provinces on that day. The storm, named Sonca, is the fourth to develop over the East Sea this year. Tropical Storm Talas, the second storm to hit Vietnam, killed at least eight people and damaged buildings and roads across northern and central Vietnam after making landfall last Monday. Weather forecasters in Vietnam are predicting a particularly stormy typhoon season this year, with 13-15 typhoons and tropical depressions expected to develop over the East Sea. Three to four are likely to make landfall in central Vietnam. Last year, 10 typhoons and tropical depressions developed over the East Sea, four of which hit Vietnam's mainland.... [read more]

A tropical depression has strengthened into a storm brewing over the South China Sea (which Vietnam calls the East Sea) and is forecast to cause heavy rains in Vietnam's northern and central provinces on Tuesday. According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), as of 1 p.m. on Sunday, the storm was around 140 kilometers (87 miles) southeast of China's Hainan Island, with gusts of wind blowing up to 75 kilometers per hour. The storm is expected to be 210 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Vietnamese coasts on Tuesday afternoon, causing heavy rains from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien Hue provinces on that day. The storm, named Sonca, is the fourth to develop over the East Sea this year. Tropical Storm Talas, the second storm to hit Vietnam, killed at least eight people and damaged buildings and roads across northern and central Vietnam after making landfall last Monday. Weather forecasters in Vietnam are predicting a particularly stormy typhoon season this year, with 13-15 typhoons and tropical depressions expected to develop over the East Sea. Three to four are likely to make landfall in central Vietnam. Last year, 10 typhoons and tropical depressions developed over the East Sea, four of which hit Vietnam's mainland.... [read more]

As of 1 p.m. on July 22, the tropical depression was about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands), with wind speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour.  The tropical depression, which strengthened from a low-pressure system, is slowly heading west-northwest with constant wind speed. Meanwhile, another low-pressure system in the northeastern part of the East Sea has strengthened into Tropical Storm Roke, the third storm of the season.  As of 1 p.m. on July 22, the storm was about 620 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong (China), with wind speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour. Weather forecasters predict that Roke would make landfall in the southeastern coast of China's Guangdong Province on July 23 afternoon before weakening into a tropical depression. Due to Roke's influence, the tropical depression near Hoang Sa is predicted to move slowly.  However, once the storm weakens, the depression is expected to pass through China's Hainan Island and enter the Gulf of Tonkin, causing heavy rain in Vietnam's northern and central provinces from July 25. The tropical depression also has the potential to strengthen into a storm before making landfall in northern Vietnam, a meteorological expert told VnExpress. It is the fourth tropical depression to develop over the East Sea this year. Two of them later strengthened into storms.  Tropical Storm Talas, the second storm to hit the country, killed at least eight people and damaged buildings and roads across…... [read more]

Vietnamese cargo ship VTB 26 was docked at Hon Ngu beach in Nghe An’s Cua Lo District on Sunday evening to take shelter from storm Talas when it slipped its mooring and was overturned. Tropical storm Talas, which had grown from a tropical depression in the East Vietnam Sea, hit the north-central region of Vietnam on Sunday evening, bringing about heavy rain and strong winds across the provinces of Nghe An and Thanh Hoa. There were reportedly 13 people aboard the VTB 26 at the time of accident, including 12 crewmen and one employee of the coal company that had boarded the ship to escort the shipment. As of 11:30 am on Monday, response teams had been able to rescue seven people and found one dead body suspected to be one of the crew members, while five others remain missing. Dinh Viet Hong, deputy chairman of Nghe An, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday that the province had put together a command headed by the provincial Border Guards to carry out a search and rescue mission for the missing people. According to Truong Duc Nghia, chief of office of the National Committee for Search and Rescue, the cargo ship VTB 26 had been transporting over 4,700 metric tons of coal from northern Quang Ninh Province to Cua Lo District before taking shelter from the storm. Though distress signals were sent out by two other ships that spotted the VTB 26 slipping its…... [read more]

A coal freighter docked at a beach in north-central Nghe An Province was overturned by storm Talas on Sunday evening, leaving one dead and five still missing. Vietnamese cargo ship VTB 26 was docked at Hon Ngu beach in Nghe An’s Cua Lo District on Sunday evening to take shelter from storm Talas when it slipped its mooring and was overturned. Tropical storm Talas, which had grown from a tropical depression in the East Vietnam Sea, hit the north-central region of Vietnam on Sunday evening, bringing about heavy rain and strong winds across the provinces of Nghe An and Thanh Hoa. There were reportedly 13 people aboard the VTB 26 at the time of accident, including 12 crewmen and one employee of the coal company that had boarded the ship to escort the shipment. As of 11:30 am on Monday, response teams had been able to rescue seven people and found one dead body suspected to be one of the crew members, while five others remain missing. Dinh Viet Hong, deputy chairman of Nghe An, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday that the province had put together a command headed by the provincial Border Guards to carry out a search and rescue mission for the missing people. According to Truong Duc Nghia, chief of office of the National Committee for Search and Rescue, the cargo ship VTB 26 had been transporting over 4,700 metric tons of coal from northern Quang Ninh Province…... [read more]

At least one person has been killed, 13 boat crew are missing and thousands of homes have been damaged after typhoon Talas made landfall in north-central Vietnam early on Monday morning. The typhoon reached Nghe An and Ha Tinh Provinces at around 1:00 am on Monday. As of 5:00 am on Monday morning in Nghe An, one person had been killed, 13 boat crew remained missing and 2,751 houses had been devastated, with hundreds of hectares of plantations also destroyed. A ship carrying 4,700 metric tons of coal and 13 crew members sank while taking shelter off Cua Lo Town, with all 13 yet to be reported safe. The rain and strong wind diminished by around 6:30 am, leaving hundreds of trees uprooted and countless branches lying across the streets. In Ha Tinh, several major roads including Nguyen Du and Xo Viet Nghe Tinh were inundated, causing vehicles to break down. According to Ngo Duc Hoi, an official from the provincial Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, the tropical storm has caused immense damage to local farms, plants, and homes. There have been no casualties reported so far, Hoi added. Water levels in rivers in the north-central region are rising at an alarming pace, posing a high risk of flooding in nearby areas. Torrential rain has occurred in most northern provinces and is expected to re-occur over the next two to three days. Storm Talas is forecast…... [read more]

Vietnamese carriers have rescheduled a number of domestic flights due to the impact of storm Talas that hit Vietnam’s north-central region on Sunday evening. Tropical storm Talas, which hit north-central Vietnam on Sunday evening, had formed in the East Vietnam Sea on Saturday and is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression upon making landfall and then later a low-pressure area, causing downpours and strong winds in the northern and north-central region. Airlines operating domestic flights in the affected regions have rescheduled flights to avoid the storm. Vietnam Airlines cancelled flights VN1714, VN1715, VN1268 and VN1269 between Vinh City in central Vietnam and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday evening. The national flag carrier said it would arrange make-up flights on Monday for passengers who had booked tickets for the affected flights. Four of Jetstar’s flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh or Dong Hoi City on Sunday were also cancelled, namely BL524, BL525, BL350, BL351. Vietnam Air Services Company, or VASCO, announced that it would stop operating flights 0V8590 and 0V8591 between Hanoi and Dong Hoi on Sunday. Vietjet flights VJ250, VJ249, VJ218, VJ220, VJ219, VJ221, VJ264 và VJ265 were all also cancelled on Sunday evening, affecting passengers flying between Ho Chi Minh City and Thanh Hoa, Vinh and Dong Hoi. Those who had had their flights cancelled would be eligible to catch rescheduled for flights on Monday if seats were available, according to announcements made by…... [read more]

Tropical storm Talas has caused severe damage to roads and other infrastructure facilities, blocking traffic and causing casualties in Vietnam after it made landfall in central Vietnamon Monday morning. In the Nghe An Province, the windstorm uprooted trees and even made some national highways collapse. The traffic was severely disrupted. The storm has caused flight delays and cancellations, with many passengers stranded at the local airport. "I'm here to see some people off to Ho Chi Minh City, but the flight has been delayed for an hour," said Nguyen Xuan An, a local citizen. According to Vietnam's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, a woman in Vinh Town, the capital city of Nghe An, was killed by her house roof ripped off by the winds. The storm caused a cargo ship with 13 crew members to sink in waters off the Nghe An Province, leaving one dead, six others missing and the other six rescued up to 2 P.M. on Monday. In the Quang Binh Province, seven people were injured when a ship capsized. Weather forecasters in Vietnam are predicting a particularly stormy typhoon season this year, with 13-15 typhoons and tropical depressions expected to develop over the East Sea. Three to four are likely to make landfall in central Vietnam. Last year, 10 typhoons and tropical depressions developed over the South China Sea, four of which hit Vietnam's mainland.... [read more]

Tropical Storm Talas has claimed at least 14 lives and damaged buildings and roads across northern and central Vietnam after making landfall on Monday morning. According to Vietnam's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the storm has destroyed nearly 500 houses and over 1,400 hectares (3,460 acres) of rice crops across nine provinces. In Nghe An Province, the storm uprooted trees and swept away national highways, causing severe traffic jams. The storm, the second to hit Vietnam this year, has caused flight delays and cancellations, leaving many passengers stranded. "I'm here to see some people off to Ho Chi Minh City, but their flight has been delayed for an hour," said Nguyen Xuan An, a local citizen. According to the central committee, a woman in Nghe An's capital Vinh was killed when the roof of her house was ripped off by strong winds. Ship tragedy A 5,100-ton cargo ship carrying a crew of 13 capsized off Nghe An Province. Six of the crew have been rescued, but one sailor was found dead, and the other six were still missing at 2 p.m. on Monday. In Quang Binh Province, seven people were also injured when another ship capsized. Weather forecasters in Vietnam are predicting a particularly stormy typhoon season this year, with 13-15 typhoons and tropical depressions expected to develop over the South China Sea, known in Vietnam as the East Sea. Three to four are likely to make landfall in central Vietnam. Last year, 10 typhoons…... [read more]

Tropical storm Talas has been forecast to enter the north-central region of Vietnam tonight, bringing about heavy rain, strong wind, and high risk of flood and landslide. The tropical depression, which formed in the East Vietnam Sea on Saturday, has developed into a typhoon later the same day and is expected to hit the north-central provinces of Nghe An and Thanh Hoa on Monday early morning. According to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, storm Talas was located 200 kilometers southeast of China’s Hainan Island as of Saturday night, packing winds at 60 to 75km per hour and squalls at up to 102km per hour. The typhoon was traveling northwestward at a velocity of 15 to 20 km and picking up in strength. It is forecast to be around 230 kilometers east of the north-central Vietnamese coastline on Sunday evening, maintaining its westward journey, and reach the mainland on Monday morning. After making landfall, the tropical storm will weaken into a tropical depression and later a low-pressure area, causing downpours and strong winds to the northern and north-central region. Highest rainfall is will be recorded at 250 to 300 millimeters in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An Provinces. Hoang Van Thang, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and vice-chairman of Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, chairs an online meeting to prepare for the storm on July 16, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre Water level of major…... [read more]




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