Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, and leaders of a number of ministries, branches and localities.
Speaking at the meeting, PM Phuc ordered the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and relevant ministries, agencies, and localities to keep a close watch on and cement the preventive measures against storm Molave.
The PM asked ministries, agencies, and localities to give top priority to ensuring the safety of life and property. Localities were also requested to outline their plans regarding food, medicine, and essential items for areas prone to flooding while human resources, vehicles, and equipment must be readied for emergencies.
The National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Public Security must stand ready to support localities in evacuating local people and carrying out search and rescue operations.
As of 10 am on October 26, Molave was some 620 km east-northeast of Song Tu Tay Island, with winds of up to 135 km/h, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
It is expected that by 10 am on October 28, the storm’s eye will be right over waters close to the coastline from Da Nang city south to Phu Yen province, with winds in the eye reaching 100-135 km/h and gusts of up to 167-183km per hour.
After making landfall in the central region, the storm will weaken to a tropical low-pressure system. Heavy rains will blanket central localities from October 27 to 29, according to the centre.