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​Tropical depression heads toward northern Vietnam

Monday, September 25, 2017, 10:39 GMT+7
​Tropical depression heads toward northern Vietnam
A map detailing the route of the tropical depression heading toward northern Vietnam between September 24 and 26, 2017. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting

A tropical depression forming in the East Vietnam Sea is heading toward northern Vietnam and is forecast to make landfall on Monday evening.

The low-pressure system was situated about 480 kilometers southeast of the coastline from Hai Phong City to Quang Ninh Province on Sunday night, packing winds of between 40 and 60km per hour and squalls of up to 88km an hour, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.

It was traveling northwestward at an average speed of 20 to 25km per hour.

The tropical depression will cross China’s Hainan Island and is anticipated to make landfall this evening, delivering winds of 40 to 60km an hour and gusts reaching 74km per hour.

Under the influence of the weather center, rain is forecast to dampen northern provinces, including Hanoi, and north-central localities from Monday morning to Tuesday evening.

Flash floods and landslides may also occur in Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Bac Can, Thai Nguyen, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, and Lao Cai Provinces.

Meanwhile, coastal areas from the south-central province of Binh Thuan to southern Kien Giang Province are expected to experience strong winds and rain.

All ships traveling to and from Phu Quoc, a popular holiday island off Kien Giang, have ceased operating since Saturday.

“It is unclear when the ships will resume their regular journeys,” Huynh Quang Hung, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee in Phu Quoc, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday.

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