A new storm likely to form in East Sea, hit southern Vietnam

VOV.VN - A tropical depression has moved past the Philippines’ Palawan island into the East Sea and is likely to gain strength into a storm in the coming days, according to the National Centre for Hydro Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).

At 04pm on October 24 the tropical depression was approximately 220km south-east of the Song Tu Tay island of Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago.

In the next 24 to 48 hours, the depression is forecast to move west and north-west, strengthen into a storm and approach near the southern coast from Binh Dinh to Ninh Thuan provinces.   

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue requested that coastal localities from Quang Binh to Ba Ria – Vung Tau and relevant ministries and agencies keep a close watch on the development of the depression and put their rescue forces on standby.  

The localities were required to make regular contact with fishing vessels and guide them to come ashore, and at the same time reinforce fishing cages before the storm makes landfall.