Biggest-ever Storm Expected To Hit Vietnam On Friday

Last update: 13/09/2017

HANOI, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- Doksuri, the biggest storm to hit Vietnam in many years, is forecast to make landfall in the central region late Friday and early Saturday, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Head of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), Hoang Duc Cuong said this is the first time Vietnam has rated the Danger Level 4 for a storm.

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, who is head of the National Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control, had asked the NCHMF to keep a close watch on the developments of the typhoon to provide accurate forecasts.

It was also urged to coordinate with news agencies to speed up communications on response measures for people to minimise human and asset losses as the storm impact scale can reach up to 500-600km.

Minister Cuong requested coastal localities from Quang Ninh to Binh Dinh to closely follow the storm's development, inform ship captains of its position and movement, and ban swimming at beaches to ensure safety.

Northern and northern central localities were also required to keep a close watch on the storm's developments to carry out measures to respond to flash floods and landslides.