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Vietnam braces for Super Typhoon Surigae

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 16:09 GMT+7
Vietnam braces for Super Typhoon Surigae
A satellite image of Super Typhoon Surigae. Photo: Philippine Weather System

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has asked all localities to make necessary preparations for the potential effect of Super Typhoon Surigae as it is lurking near the East Vietnam Sea.

Surigae was 420 kilometers east of the central Philippines as of 7:00 am on Sunday, packing winds at 200-220km per hour, according to the National Center for Hydro-metrological Forecasting.

In the next 24 hours, the super typhoon is forecast to travel northwest at five to ten kilometers per hour.

By 7:00 am on Monday, Surigae will have been 300 kilometers east of the central Philippines.

By 7:00 am on Tuesday, it will have been 300 kilometers southeast of Luzon Island, with wind speed slightly decreasing to between 185 and 200km per hour.

The expected route of Super Typhoon Surigae from April 18 to 23, 2021. Photo: National Center for Hydro-metrological Forecasting

The expected route of Super Typhoon Surigae from April 18 to 23, 2021. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meterological Forecasting

The typhoon is extremely powerful and dangerous, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control warned, adding that it may change course and directly affect the East Vietnam Sea, where many fishing boats are operating.

The committee asked authorities in the coastal localities from northern Quang Ninh Province to southern Ca Mau Province to closely monitor the development of Surigae.

Corresponding measures must be taken to ensure safety for local residents and production activities.

Rescue units and vehicles must be ready to promptly deal with any situation.

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