A tropical depression that is forecast to strengthen into a typhoon is heading to the southeast of the East Sea.

By 7am on November 5, the low pressure centre was above the north end of Palawan Island of the Philippines, with winds moving between 50 and 61 km per hour.

The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said that by 7am on November 6 it will be over the north of Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago, about 430km east and southeast of the central provinces from Phu Yen to Binh Thuan.

The centre also said that by 7am on November 5, a powerful storm born in the Pacific Ocean was at latitude 6.5 degrees north and longitude 145.9 degrees east. Storm Haiyan is moving in a west and north-west direction with winds of 25km per hour, and is predicted to enter the east part of the East Sea .

In response to the two storms, the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control asked central provinces and cities of Da Nang to Ca Mau and Kien Giang to call and guide ships away from dangerous areas, including the West Sea (Ca Mau and Kien Giang waters).

They were asked to take measures to evacuate local people living in coastal areas, protect fish farming equipment and examine works.

The provinces, cities and ministries are ready to control transport in easily flooded routes, wharfs and tunnels, while keeping an eye on rain to give warnings to those living in areas vulnerable to flooding and landslides.-VNA