While working with leaders of the central province of Quang Ngaiand the provincial steering committee for flood prevention and control,Deputy PM Phuc urged more drastic and prompt efforts in the work.
It is a must for competent agencies to locate and guide 13 vesselswhich are on way to the mainland from Truong Sa (Spratly) to safeshelters, the Deputy PM said.
Localities were asked toreinforced houses and key establishments to absolutely ensure safety forlocal residents and minimise losses caused by the massive storm.
Deputy PM Phuc required relevant forces to stand ready around the clock to assist residents when necessary.
After the working session, he made field trips to the Dung Quat PTSCPort and the coastal commune of Binh Hai in Binh Son district.
The same day, Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai and Minister of Agricultureand Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, who is also head of the CentralSteering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control, instructed thepreparation work for the storm in central Thua Thien-Hue province.
Watching over storm preparations under way in coastal communes in PhuVang district and the Phu Hai habour, Deputy PM Hai told provincialleaders that Haiyan has been one of the strongest typhoons on recordwith complicated developments.
He said evacuation plans must be completed by 7:00pm on November 9.
Thua Thien-Hue called and allocated shelters for over 1,800 vessels,including those from other provinces such as Quang Tri and Quang Binh,while the evacuation work has been promptly carried out in Phong Dien,Quang Dien, Huong Tra, Phu Vang and Phu Loc districts.
Thelocal tourism sector has also sought ways to ensure safety for nearly7,900 visitors, including more than 4,500 foreigners.
Thetyphoon Haiyan, which recorded wind gusts of up to 315 kilometres perhour, is one of the biggest and wildest storms to churn through thePacific in modern times.-VNA
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