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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

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According to the national weather service, this afternoon the tropical depression entered the East Sea (South China Sea), packing the strongest wind at 50-60 km/h. It was about 610 km from Song Tu Tay Island to the northeast at 1pm.

It is forecast that in the next 24 hours, the tropical depression will move in a westerly direction at a speed of 25-30 km per hour and is likely to become a storm directly affecting the Central Highlands and the South Central Coast, as well as the South, with some areas having already been severely damaged by storms and floods, especially in coastal areas.

At 1 pm on November 10, the storm’s position is forecast to be on the waters of provinces from Phu Yen to Ninh Thuan. Over the next 48 to 72 hours, the typhoon will move westward, traveling about 15 km/h deeper into the mainland before weakening into a low pressure zone in eastern Cambodia.

The position and direction of the new tropical depression that has entered the East Sea this afternoon. (Photo: nchmf.gov.vn)

Meteorologists have warned that strong winds and thunderstorms can endanger ships operating at sea, urging seafarers to regularly monitor weather forecasts and take preventive measures accordingly.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Response and the National Committee for Incident and Disaster Response and Search and Rescue have instructed concerned units and provinces and cities to closely monitor changes of the tropical low pressure and notify boats operating at sea.

They have been asked to review and develop plans to ensure safety for people and property, as well as tourists on islands and coastal areas. Low-lying areas prone to floods should actively organise the relocation and evacuation of people to safe shelter.

Local authorities are required to urgently overcome the consequences of recent floods and storms, especially in flash flooding areas and landslide sites in Quang Nam and low- places that are still inundated.

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