Mass evacuation prepared in central Vietnam to avoid Storm Molave
  • | | October 26, 2020 03:28 PM
Vietnam has prepared the evacuation of around 1.2 million people in the central region of Vietnam due to Storm Molave.

The Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control this morning, October 26, held a meeting on responses to the coming Storm Molave which is forecasted to hit the central region of Vietnam.

Eight localities ranging from Nghe An to Ninh Thuan provinces have made preparations for the storm. Authorities have informed boats and ships of the storm information.

Localities also need to protect 14,063 hectares and 178,938 cages of aquatic farming.

Up to 21 hydropower reservoirs from Ha Tinh to Phu Yen provinces are discharging water to reduce their water levels before Storm Molave makes landfall.

According to the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Storm Molave can be similar to Storm Damrey which caused great loss for Vietnam in December 2017 with 123 deaths and missing. It also damaged 134,000 houses and more than 73,000 cages of aquatic farming as well as sank 1,809 boats and ships.

The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported that on October 28, Storm Molave will be 240km away from Quang Ninh Province. The wind speed will be 115-150km per hour. For the following 48-72 hours, it will keep moving west-northwest and land in Vietnam, affecting provinces and cities from Danang to Phu Yen.

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