Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai chaired an urgent meeting in Hanoi on July 31 to prepare for the coming Jebi storm.

He urged relevant State agencies and local authorities to monitor the storm and take proactive measures to minimise potential damage.

The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting predicted that by August 2 afternoon, Jebi will enter the Tonkin Gulf .

Heavy rain is expected during August 3 and 4, concentrated in northern provinces and north central coast. The average rainfall is forecast at around 100mm and may reach 300 mm in certain area.

According to the Office of the Committee for Flooding Prevention and Control and Rescue of the Border Guards, nearly 35,200 ships had been informed of the dangerous weather conditions and encouraged to seek shelter.

Ships near the Hoang Sa archipelago are being urged to move away from the storm.

Meanwhile, in the northern mountainous provinces, flood waters and rain over the last few days have already killed five people, submerged hundreds of houses and killed more than 150 buffaloes and cows.

Five drowned victims were swept away by flood waters in the northern provinces of Son La, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Dien Bien, Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang, Bac Giang and Phu Tho.

One person is still missing and seven are reported to have been injured.-VNA