Urgent efforts made to brace for Storm Khanun

NDO – The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control held a meeting on October 14 to implement work in response to Tropical Storm Khanun, the 11th storm to enter East Sea this year.

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According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), as of 7am this morning, the centre of the storm is located around 420km to the east of China’s Hainan Island. The strongest wind in the area near the storm eye is blowing at 115-150kph.

It is forecasted that, in the next 24 hours, Khanun will move in a west-northwest direction, with an average speed of 20kph. By 7am on October 16, the storm centre will be located at approximately 20.5 degrees north latitude and 110 degrees east latitude, packing 90-115kph winds.

Addressing the meeting, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and head of the Central Steering Committee, requested absolute concentration in regards to response work, as the storm is coming at a time when many localities have been already badly damaged by the heavy rains and serious floods over the past few days.

On the same day, Cuong conferred a certificate of merit on Dinh Huu Du, a reporter of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), who was swept away by the floods while filming from the Thia Bridge in Yen Bai province.

* On the morning of October 14, the Office of the Central Steering Committee also held a meeting in response to Storm Khanun, during which Nguyen Duc Quang, deputy head of the Office, insisted that forecast work must be as rapid and accurate as possible, in order to minimise the impacts on the people’s production and response times.

* The Border Guard High Command said that as of 1pm on October 14, the border guards of provinces from Quang Ninh to Phu Yen had informed, counted and instructed over 74,000 ships and boats with nearly 300,000 labourers on board, with regards to the proceedings and the moving path of Tropical Storm Khanun, so that they could take proactive prevention measures or move out of the dangerous zones.

* The authorities of 15 cities and provinces, which will possibly be hit by Storm Khanun, have also issued telegraphs directing the application of measures to respond to the storm and floods. On the afternoon of October 14, Chairman of the Hoa Binh provincial People’s Committee, Nguyen Van Quang, inspected locations which are threatened by the high risk of landslide due to the the historic floods over the past few days in Kim Boi district’s Ha Bi and Tu Son commune. Right on the day, the Kim Boi district People’s Committee has finalised the evacuation of 58 households of the two aforementioned communes from landslide risk areas.

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