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Thousands of households evacuated as Wipha approaches
  • | | August 02, 2019 04:11 PM
More than 14,000 households have been evacuated in Thai Binh Province as the Storm Wipha is forecasted to cause heavy rains in some northern localities.


Boats asked to seek shelter

According to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, Wipha will land in Vietnam and affect Quang Ninh to Thai Binh provinces tonight, August 2.

Due to the storm’s complicated movement, Thai Binh has prepared equipment and personnel for emergency cases. Vessels have already banned from leaving since 10 am and working boats are being asked to seek shelter. On August 1, Thai Binh authorities relocated 1,281 workers at scallop farms and nearly 2,000 people at other aquaculture farms.

14,208 households that live near the embankment have been relocated by Friday morning. The local authorities have built a plan to relocate another 8,476 households that live in weak houses when the storm lands.

Strom Wipha has entered the Gulf of Tonkin on August 2. At 7 am, it was 180km away from Quang Ninh and Hai Phong provinces with a wind speed of 75-90km per hour. It will continue to move west in the next 12 hours at the speed of 5-10km. After landing, it will weaken into a tropical depression in the northern region.

Strong waves and winds are warned for vessels that work in the Gulf of Tonkin, and the sea in Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, and from Thai Binh to Thanh Hoa provinces. Hanoi will have heavy rains starting from tonight.

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