Tropical storm Sinlaku hits Phu Yen province

(VOV) - Tropical storm No4 Sinlaku made landfall in Tuy Hoa city in the central coastal province of Phu Yen on November 29 evening, and then weakened into a tropical low-pressure system.

The typhoon caused torrential rains and strong winds in many places, resulting in electricity cuts to Phu Yen Provincial Hospital and Saigon-Phu Yen beer factory.

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No immediate reports on losses caused by the natural disaster have been released up to now.

About 2,400 houses and 10,000 people have been evacuated from storm-hit areas, mostly in four coastal districts which are in high risk of rising tidal wave and landslides.

Rescue forces are on duty round the clock to keep close watch on typhoon Sinlaku and deal with emergency.

In 2009, tropical storm No9 struck Phu Yen province, killing 100 people.

Tran Quang Nhat, Vice Chairman of the Phu Yen provincial People’s Committee, said Sinlaku is forecast to move away on November 30, but may lead to heavy downpours and floods.

The province is coordinating with nearby Khanh Hoa province to consolidate National Highway No1 and build more resettlement areas for storm victims.

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Tuy Hoa border guards help local people cope with typhoon Sinlaku

The neighbouring province of Binh Dinh is upgrading its reservoirs to embrace for the natural calamity.

During his meetings and inspections tours to Phu Yen and Binh Dinh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has requested local authorities to strictly monitor the movement of Sinlaku and prepare rescue forces and means to respond to the typhoon.

Phat underlined the need to ban local fishermen from going fishing and call on fishing-vessels to anchor in safety. Coastal provinces must ensure the safety of people, especially those living in flood and landslide-prone areas.