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​Typhoon Tembin downgraded to tropical depression

Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 09:39 GMT+7

Typhoon Tembin weakened into a tropical depression at around 1:00 am on Tuesday.

The storm was downgraded when it was located off the coastline from Bac Lieu to Ca Mau Provinces in the Mekong Delta.

Wind speed was recorded at between 40 and 60km per hour at 4:00 am the same day, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Rain occurred in the southern region throughout Monday night and early Tuesday morning before stopping.

In the next 12 to 24 hours, the tropical depression will travel westward at 15 to 20km per hour and later weaken into a low-pressure zone near the Gulf of Thailand, with winds of below 40km per hour.

A map detailing the path of the tropical depression from December 26 to 27, 2017. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting
A map detailing the path of the tropical depression from December 26 to 27, 2017. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting

As of 4:00 am on Monday, over 90,300 people in the affected localities had been evacuated.

In Ho Chi Minh City, about 4,900 residents in the outlying district of Can Gio were brought to safer zones.

Military units were also mobilized to help local residents reinforce their houses to minimize damage caused by the typhoon, the 16th to affect Vietnam this year.

A damaged fishing boat on Con Dao Islands off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A damaged fishing boat on Con Dao Islands off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Photo: Tuoi Tre

People were allowed to return to their homes on Tuesday morning.

According to initial statistics, over 10 fishing boats on Con Dao Islands off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau were damaged, of which three were sunk.

Local authorities are set to convene meetings to calculate damage in the aftermath of the tropical storm.

Residents in Ca Mau Province reinforce their house on December 25, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Residents in Ca Mau Province reinforce their house on December 25, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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