Provinces and cities from central to southern Vietnam are taking actions to brace for typhoon Hagupit, which wreaked havoc in the Philippines and is forecast to enter the East Sea in the morning of December 9.

Central Da Nang city and Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces are closely tracking the typhoon’s movement, counting their fishing vessels operating at sea, and regularly informing them about the situation.

Local authorities also sent teams to examine and ensure operational safety of reservoirs and devised plans evacuating vulnerable communities. Meanwhile, local border guards are assisting residents in securely anchoring boats and reinforcing houses.

By late December 8, Quang Ngai had 790 vessels with 6,400 fishermen working at sea while 20 boats with 72 people from Binh Dinh were in the waters prone to Hagupit. Meanwhile, Da Nang had 15 boats with 90 workers at sea.

The same day, the People’s Committee of southern Ho Chi Minh City also ordered local authorities and relevant agencies to gear up for Hagupit.

Officials in vulnerable areas, especially Can Gio coastal district, were told to stand ready for evacuating islanders and coastal and riverside residents living in makeshift houses.

On December 8, the Philippine Red Cross confirmed 21 deaths due to typhoon Hagupit in the country.-VNA