Municipal and provincial authorities must take all precautions against Rammasun, the second tropical typhoon that will make landfall in the Gulf of Tonkin and northern Vietnam on July 18-19, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested in his recent notice.

While closely watching over its movement, they are asked to ensure the safety of dykes, irrigational works and buildings under construction while preventing flooding in urban areas.

Coastal localities must warn fishermen not to go fishing and help fishing vessels anchor in safety. In the meantime, residents in areas prone to flash flood or landslides must be ready to move to shelter homes.
The Ministry of Transport is responsible for ensuring the safety of passengers and vehicles, whereas the Ministry of Industry of Trade is required to offer food supplies to isolated areas.

The Ministry of Public Security, meanwhile, will deploy staff to direct traffic in flood-hit areas and join search and rescue efforts if necessary.

The public can learn the latest movement of the storm via the media.

The Central Steering Board for Flood Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue will oversee and direct all necessary acts to minimise losses.

On July 17, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines delayed 22 inbound and outbound flights, affecting over 3,000 passengers.

The typhoon has claimed the lives of at least 20 people, leaving seven injured and five missing in the Philippines.

In the next 24 hours, the eye of the storm is forecast to move to 200 km north of Hoang Sa archipelago, with the strongest wind gust of 166kph.-VNA