The Steering Committees of Flood and Storm Control, Search and Rescue from Quang Tri to Ca Mau, and ministries have been requested to stay alert to the powerful typhoon Hagupit which is forecast to enter the East Sea on December 8-9.

The request was made by the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue in their recent notice.

They urged for evacuating residents in low-lying areas, helping vessels anchor in safety while ensuring the safety of dykes, irrigation systems and construction sites.

The typhoon is forecast to move into the East Sea on the night of December 8 and likely to progress westwards and hit the south-central of Vietnam, from Phu Yen to Binh Thuan on December 11-12, with heavy rain and cold air, Director of the Vietnam National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecast Centre told Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai during a meeting in Hanoi on December 6.

Another scenario comes that it will hit the southern region as a tropical low pressure area after making landfall on the coastal area of the south-central.

The last possibility is that it weakens at sea or move deep into the south, he added.

Concluding the meeting, Deputy PM Hai asked ministries, agencies and localities to closely track the movement of the storm and keep officials on duty round the clock in response to contingencies.

The Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Industry and Trade are responsible for checking operations and water level of irrigational reservoirs.

On night of December 6, Hagupit bore down on the eastern coasts of the Philippines, packing wind of up to 210km per hour and becoming the strongest storm ever this year. Casualties and economic damages have yet been reported due to broken communications networks.-VNA