Vietnam on alert for tropical depression

Monday, 2018-06-04 16:06:24
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The projected path of the tropical depression
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NDO - Vietnamese authorities are taking the necessary measures to deal with a tropical depression which could strengthen into a typhoon.

The national weather service said a tropical depression located at latitude 15.8 N and longitude 110.6 E as of 13h00 on June 4, is moving northwards at a speed of 5-10 kilometres per hour and is likely to strengthen into a typhoon on the morning of June 5.

Wind speeds near the centre of the tropical depression are currently as high as 60 kilometres per hour.

Director of the General Department for Natural Disaster Prevention Tran Quang Hoai has urged the General Department for Fisheries to work closely with the Border Guard Command to support fishing vessels in the affected zones to sail to safe areas.

He also asked the authorities concerned to keep in constant contact with boat owners to promptly deal with any bad incidents and ensure the safety of tourists on nearby islands.

Senior colonel Tran Kien, head of the Border Guard Command’s rescue department, said that nearly 51,600 vessels have been informed of the tropical depression so that they can steer their boats to safety.

Earlier on June 3, Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue, and Quang Ngai provinces imposed a ban on fishing vessels in their jurisdictions from going to the sea.