Torrential rain is forecast to dampen various provinces in Vietnam’s central region and Central Highlands over the next days after Tropical Storm Nakri makes landfall on Sunday night.
The storm, the sixth to impact the Southeast Asian country this year, was located 260 kilometers east of the south-central coastline as of 7:00 am on Sunday, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
Average wind speed was at 90 to 100km per hour and gusts at up to 150km an hour.
In the next 24 hours, Nakri is expected to travel westward and make landfall in the south-central provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa, unleashing winds at 60 to 90kmp per hour.
It will then weaken into a tropical depression and head toward Cambodia in the next 24 to 36 hours.
|A map detailing the route of Tropical Storm Nakri on November 10 and 11, 2019. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting|
Rainfall at 100 to 300 millimeters is forecast to batter localities between central Thua Thien-Hue Province and south-central Ninh Thuan Province, as well as in the Central Highlands from November 10 to 12.
The weather condition poses high risks of inundation in local rivers as well as flashfloods and landslides in mountainous areas.
The combined effect of the storm and a cold spell will also result in rough seas in the central part of the East Vietnam Sea, as well as along Vietnam’s central coast.
Authorities in the affected provinces are preparing for the potential evacuation of over 44,500 households.
About 250,000 soldiers and officers have been mobilized to ensure the safety of local residents and promptly deal with emergency situations.