Typhoon Tembin heads toward Vung Tau - Ca Mau coastal

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Typhoon Tembin will pass Palawan Island in the Philippines as it crosses into the East Sea this evening. (Credit: NCHMF)
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NDO – Typhoon Tembin is forecast to pass Palawan Island in the Philippines as it crosses into the East Sea on the evening of December 23, becoming the 16th storm to affect Vietnam this year.

After wreaking havocs in the Philippines, claiming 90 lives, causing 64 others to go missing and displacing 50,000 people, Tembin is expected to approach Vietnam’s southern region on December 25, with the strongest winds in the area near its centre blowing at 110kph.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), typhoon Tembin is moving west-northwest at a speed of 20-25kph and is expected to hit the East Sea tonight.

In the next 24-48 hours, the storm is forecast to move west at a speed of 25kph and whilst continuing to gain strength. By 10am on December 25, the storm will be approximately 300-400km east of the coast of the provinces from Ba Ria-Vung Tau to Ca Mau, with the strongest wind speeds ranging between 100 and 135kph (up to level 15). The risk of natural disasters is projected at level three out of five.

Against the warning of Tembin, localities in the south central coast and southern region are bracing for the coming strong typhoon.

A teleconference took place in Hanoi this morning to direct the coastal provinces from Quang Nam to Ca Mau to prepare themselves for Tembin.

At the event, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, also Head of the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, asked the relevant localities to actively deal with the storm in order to minimise human and asset losses.

Attention must be paid to direct ships to find shelters, evacuate people from dangerous areas, and prepare the necessary tools for search and rescue activities, Cuong emphasised.

He requested that Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam and press agencies to increase their coverage of the storm developments and disseminate disaster-response skills among the public.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong speaks at the meeting to cope with Typhoon Tembin on December 23. (Credit: NDO)

More than 67,500 boats are estimated to be operating on the waters from Quang Nam to Ca Mau and Kien Giang, with 29 landslide-prone spots spanning 121km near coastal residential areas. Sea dykes from Quang Nam to Ca Mau have a total length of 993.4km and are capable of ensuring safety against storms at level nine.

Tran Quang Hoai, Head of the Directorate of Natural Disaster Prevention warned that when making landfall in the South, Tembin will be very strong. He suggested that the localities in the areas that are forecast to be affected by the typhoon need to be highly focused on the response based on their specific local situation, with a focus on evacuating locals out of dangerous areas.

Accordingly, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and Kien Giang have planned to relocate and evacuate 234,222 households with nearly 1 million people being moved to a safe place.

The Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue Departments in Bac Lieu and Ca Mau provinces said that as of the morning of December 23, the provinces have actively implemented plans to respond to the impact of Tembin. Bac Lieu has prohibited fishing vessels from heading out to sea until after Typhoon Tembin.

Cau Mau has also ordered a sea ban from 4pm this afternoon. Up to now, the province has been able to contact all of the 4,500 registered fishing vessels in the province. There are more than 900 ships, with about 7,900 crew members still operating on the sea.

Le Tuan Quoc, Deputy Chairman of Ba Ria-Vung Tau People's Committee, said that the province plans to evacuate about 78,000 people in prone areas, mainly concentrated in Long Dien, Dat Do, Xuyen Moc and Con Dao Island districts. Over 4,200 ships have safely anchored at local ports and about 1,600 other are still operating on the sea.

HCM City People's Committee has urged its local departments and authorities of 24 districts to direct the implementation of measures to prevent and respond to the typhoon, ensuring safety for people and boats. Can Gio district was also required to be ready to relocate villagers in Thanh An Island and households with simple, temporary houses along rivers and the sea.

This afternoon, the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and National Committee for Response to Disaster and Search and Rescue sent an urgent dispatch to the relevant authorities and localities from Quang Nam to Binh Thuan and southern provinces, urging for stepping up measures to deal with the coming storm.