Residents advised to stay indoors as typhoon Vamco hits

VOV.VN - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has warned people in the central region to stay indoors during the height of typhoon Vamco which is expected to batter Vietnam on November 14.

In a telegram dated November 12, the PM noted Vamco is a powerful storm that is moving very quickly towards the central coast of Vietnam. Vamco is forecast to pound the central coast and north-central provinces starting late November 14.

The PM requested relevant ministries, agencies and localities to keep a close watch and put forces on standby to deal with the typhoon.

He especially asked localities from Thanh Hoa to Phu Yen to direct boats still fishing at sea to cruise ashore, and evacuate people from flood and landslide prone areas such as low-lying, coastal areas and estuaries to higher grounds.

Relevant forces were required to reinforce resident houses and public works such as offices, schools, as well as warehouses, production workshops in order to limit risks and damage caused by the typhoon.

At 04.00am November 13, Vamco was located 450km east and south-east of the Hoang Sa archipelago, packing winds of between 115 and 135kph.

In the next 24 hours, the typhoon is forecast to move north at speeds of 15-20kph and make landfall along coastal provinces from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien-Hue.

It will bring heavy rain to coastal provinces and may cause flashfloods and landslides in mountainous areas.

Vamco is the 13th storm that has hit the East Sea this year.