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Vietnamese provinces prepare to evacuate 135,000 people as Storm Ma-on approaches

Vietnamese provinces prepare to evacuate 135,000 people as Storm Ma-on approaches

Thursday, August 25, 2022, 13:05 GMT+7
Vietnamese provinces prepare to evacuate 135,000 people as Storm Ma-on approaches
A satellite image of Tropical Storm Ma-on on August 25, 2022. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting

Authorities in mountainous provinces in northern Vietnam have prepared plans to evacuate about 135,000 people from areas at risk of floods, landslides, and flash floods as Storm Ma-on closes in on the mainland.

Approximately 135,000 people are living in residential areas that are highly susceptible to flash floods, landslides, and inundation in northern Vietnam.

Local authorities have inspected these areas and will evacuate residents from dangerous zones depending on how the situation evolves.

As of 6:30 am on Thursday, border guards had asked more than 33,000 ships carrying 109,000 people in the Gulf of Tonkin to stay away from affected maritime areas.

In northern Quang Ninh Province, about 1,500 tourists on local islands had been informed of the storm and were scheduled to be taken back to the mainland this morning.

Regarding visitors who chose to remain on the islands, local accommodation establishments have been instructed to ensure safety for their guests.

As of 9:00 am on Thursday, Storm Ma-on was located about 400 kilometers east of Quang Ninh Province, unleashing wind speeds of 89-102km per hour and gusts up to 130km an hour, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Rain falls in Hanoi on the morning of August 25, 2022. Photo: C.Tue / Tuoi Tre

Rain falls in Hanoi on the morning of August 25, 2022. Photo: C.Tue / Tuoi Tre

Rains and thunderstorms have already dampened many localities in northern Vietnam, including Hanoi.

The storm is expected to travel northwest and head to the southern part of China’s Guangdong Province in the coming hours.

By 7:00 pm on Thursday, Ma-on will be situated above the southern part of China’s Guangxi Province and about 100 kilometers east of Vietnam’s Quang Ninh.

Average wind speeds will decrease to between 75 and 88km per hour.

The storm will move to Vietnam’s northeastern region before weakening to a tropical depression.

Due to the influence of the storm, torrential rains of 100-250 millimeters will batter northern Vietnam from Thursday evening to Friday night.

Rainfall of 50-150 millimeters will also be recorded in north-central Thanh Hoa Province during this period.

Strong winds will also hit northern localities, especially Hai Phong, Lang Son, and Quang Ninh.

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Authorities in mountainous provinces in northern Vietnam have prepared plans to evacuate about 135,000 people from areas at risk of floods, landslides, and flash floods as Storm Ma-on closes in on the mainland.

Approximately 135,000 people are living in residential areas that are highly susceptible to flash floods, landslides, and inundation in northern Vietnam.

Local authorities have inspected these areas and will evacuate residents from dangerous zones depending on how the situation evolves.

As of 6:30 am on Thursday, border guards had asked more than 33,000 ships carrying 109,000 people in the Gulf of Tonkin to stay away from affected maritime areas.

In northern Quang Ninh Province, about 1,500 tourists on local islands had been informed of the storm and were scheduled to be taken back to the mainland this morning.

Regarding visitors who chose to remain on the islands, local accommodation establishments have been instructed to ensure safety for their guests.

As of 9:00 am on Thursday, Storm Ma-on was located about 400 kilometers east of Quang Ninh Province, unleashing wind speeds of 89-102km per hour and gusts up to 130km an hour, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Rain falls in Hanoi on the morning of August 25, 2022. Photo: C.Tue / Tuoi Tre

Rain falls in Hanoi on the morning of August 25, 2022. Photo: C.Tue / Tuoi Tre

Rains and thunderstorms have already dampened many localities in northern Vietnam, including Hanoi.

The storm is expected to travel northwest and head to the southern part of China’s Guangdong Province in the coming hours.

By 7:00 pm on Thursday, Ma-on will be situated above the southern part of China’s Guangxi Province and about 100 kilometers east of Vietnam’s Quang Ninh.

Average wind speeds will decrease to between 75 and 88km per hour.

The storm will move to Vietnam’s northeastern region before weakening to a tropical depression.

Due to the influence of the storm, torrential rains of 100-250 millimeters will batter northern Vietnam from Thursday evening to Friday night.

Rainfall of 50-150 millimeters will also be recorded in north-central Thanh Hoa Province during this period.

Strong winds will also hit northern localities, especially Hai Phong, Lang Son, and Quang Ninh.

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Duy Khang - Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre News

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