Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has requested authorities of Binh Dinh province to keep close watch on the movement of tropical storm Sinlaku, which is forecast to hit southern central and Central Highlands provinces.

During his meeting with the locality’s key leaders on November 29, the Minister urged the locality to prepare forces and means to respond to the typhoon.

He underlined the need to ban local fishermen from going fishing and calling on fishing-vessels to anchor in safety, saying that the coastal locality must ensure the safety of local people, especially those living in flood and landslide-prone areas as well as dykes, irrigational works.

On the same day, the Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue of the southern central province of Khanh Hoa also held an emergency meeting to carry out measures to cope with the storm, the fourth in the East Sea so far this year.

Accordingly, farmers have to leave from their aquaculture areas at sea to move to land, while sea-tours will not be organised on November 29-30. Forces stand ready for evacuation, rescue and search works.

At the same time, leaders of the southern central province of Phu Yen made tours to supervise the implementation of measures for deal with the typhoon.

The provincial People’s Committee required coastal localities made inspection tours to localities, while to coordinating with border guard forces to update the position and movement of the storm to ships operating at sea, and instruct them to seek shelter.

According to the National Centre for Hydrometereological Forecasting, at 8:00 am on November 29, the typhoon Sinlaku was about 240km from Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces’ coasts, packing winds of 75-88 km per hour.

Within 12 hours, the storm is forecast to move west-northwest with winds between 75-88 km per hour.

In the next 12-24 hours, Sinlaku is forecast to move between west and northwest directions with no change in its speed and weaken into a tropical low pressure.

It will bring heavy rains to southern central provinces from Da Nang to Binh Thuan and the Central Highlands region.-VNA