(VOV) – As of August 16, heavy rains and thunderstorms will hit northern mountainous provinces while Hanoi is expected to suffer rains of 50-100 mm.
Super storm Utor is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression after making landfall in southwestern area of China’s Guangdong province.
According to the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecast Centre, by 7 am on August 15, storm Utor swept through the southeastern area of China’s Guangxi province with winds of up to 62-74 km per hour at its centre.
In the next 24 hours, Utor will move northwest, change into its west direction at a speed of 10-15 km per hour, move further inland and weaken into a low pressure system with winds speeds of 39-49kph.
Meanwhile, localities are actively implemented preventive measures against flash floods and landslides triggered by typhoon Utor.
Cao Bang province has requested districts to prepare measures against possible heavy showers and landslides and make plans to ensure safety for reservoirs and dams.
Quang Ninh province has inspected all ship shelters and dike systems, while calling all vessels operating at sea to return home to avoid the storm.
The province has also evacuated households in areas with high risk of landslide to safe places.
In Thai Nguyen province, the provincial Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Prevention asked all local peoples to brace themselves for the storm.
Local rescue teams have been on standby to direct all dike systems and prepare irrigation plans to ensure safety for basin areas.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has ordered coastal provinces stretching from Quang Ninh to Nam Dinh to inform offshore fishing and tourism vessels about the storm’s progress, and urge them to find shelter.
In a related move, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Hoang Van Thang has approved a plan to set up five teams to inspect irrigation reservoirs during the rainy season, and inspections have been conducted in 23 localities so far.