Coastal localities geared up for incoming typhoon Kirogi

Saturday, 2017-11-18 17:36:10
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Fishing vessels dock on the Ca Ty River in Binh Thuan province (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/ VNA – The authorities of Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, and Khanh Hoa provinces banned fishing vessels from going out to sea on November 18, as Kirogi approaches the south central region.

According to the latest report by the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting, a tropical depression became a typhoon after entering the eastern part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago on the morning of August 18. It would mark the 14th storm to hit the country this year, with the international name of Kirogi.

It is expected to be located approximately 150 km easterly off the coast from Khanh Hoa to Binh Thuan provinces, which are still reeling from the devastating typhoon Damrey earlier this month, with winds of force 8-9 by 4:00 on November 19.

Ninh Thuan has 2,651 fishing vessels with 16,474 crewmen. Communications have been established with 679 fishing vessels and 5,275 fishermen currently operating at sea, while 1,972 others are anchoring at wharves and seaports.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Quoc Nam said that with the lessons learnt from typhoon Damrey, the province will mobilize the entire political system in response efforts. Localities and sectors have designed specific plans to help local people in coastal and mountainous areas to reinforce their houses and prepare to move to safer places.

In Khanh Hoa province, there are 240 fishing vessels with 1,550 fishermen on board out at sea and they have been informed of the movement of the storm in order to seek shelter. Children are off school from 12:00 on November 18, while people living in dangerous, coastal and lowland areas are being evacuated.

Binh Thuan authorities are communicating with its fishing vessels operating at sea to call them inshore, as 93 out of the total 2,322 fishing vessels are remaining in wharves.

Ho Chi Minh City has also banned fishing boats, as well as tourist ships and hydrofoils, from operating on rivers.

Authorities of Ben Tre and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces have also issued the same ban.

On November 17, the central steering committee tasked the authorities of the coastal localities with providing frequent weather forecasts and timely updates to captains and vessel owners on the incoming storm and help them to find safe shelter in such cases. Rescue forces will also need to be on constant alert to immediately respond to any emergencies.

The central steering committee has ordered the authorities of in-land areas to prepare for heavy rainfall, flooding, landslides and other possible scenarios due to the impact of the tropical depression.

State-run news agencies – Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam Television, and Voice of Vietnam – are asked to increase the frequency and airtime of their weather updates.