South Central Vietnam braces for Storm Nakri

Friday, 2019-11-08 10:37:01
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Soldiers under the Border Guard of Thua Thien - Hue Province help fishermen to anchor boats against Storm Nakri. (Photo: NDO/Thuan Hoa)
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NDO – Localities in the South Central Coast are bracing against powerful Storm Nakri, the sixth typhoon from the East Sea this year, which is forecast to gain further strength while heading towards the region over the next few days.

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According to the national weather service, Nakri is likely to change its direction, moving slowly to the west and getting stronger. At 7 am on Friday morning (Nov 8), the storm was located about 290 km northeast of Song Tu Tay Island (under Vietnam’s Spratly archipelago), with strongest winds blowing at up to 100-115km/hour.

In the next 24 hours, the typhoon will move to the west south-westward at a speed of 5-10 km and is likely to grow stronger. By 7am the next day, the location of the storm will be about 140km from Song Tu Tay Island to the north, packing winds at 115-135km/hour.

In the next 48 to 72 hours, the storm is predicted to make landfall into localities from Quang Ngai to Khanh Hoa, before downgrading into a tropical depression. By 7 am on November 11, the location of the tropical depression is forecast to be on the Central Highlands.

The projected path of tropical Storm Nakri. (Photo:

To deal with the powerful typhoon that is heading towards the mainland, Phu Yen Provincial People's Committee held an urgent meeting on Thursday afternoon to discuss storm response measures. The local leaders stressed the need to urgently relocate people in areas that are likely to be directly affected by the storm, and those in low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Meanwhile, the central localities are focusing on post-disaster recovery after the previous typhoon – Storm Matmo – swept the region in late October.

Tuna fishing boats of local fishermen in Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen Province, safely anchored against Storm Nakri. (Photo: NDO/Trinh Ke)

A working mission from the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Management held a working session with Binh Dinh Province on the recovery work following Matmo’s prevalence. The Provincial People's Committee proposed that the Government provide emergency support of 2,000 tonnes of rice to support the affected localities, in addition to VND100 billion to recover infrastructure damaged by floods and storms.

At the meeting, the mission asked Binh Dinh to focus means and forces to continue to cope with Nakri, while taking measures to move people out of low-lying areas and regions at risk of landslides.

Floods and storms due to Matmo caused heavy damage in Quang Ngai Province, with the total damages estimated at VND367 billion. The province has mobilised forces to urgently support the local people to overcome the storm consequences, while calling for support worth VND250 billion from the Government.

Currently, Nakri has been developing complicatedly, requiring more caution and active measures to cope with its effects.