Coastal provinces from Quang Ninh in the north to Khanh Hoa in the southern central region battled storm Bebinca, the second tropical storm of the year, over the weekend.

It made landfall at around 7pm on June 23 in the areas of northern Hai Phong city and Thai Binh provinces, nine hours earlier than expected.

Two people were swept away by flash floods in the central province of Nghe An. Landslides occurred in many mountain communes, while residents in Vinh city, Nghi Loc and Con Cuong districts had to temporarily leave their homes due to deep floodwaters in many streets.

Nearly 354mm of rain fell on Hon Ngu Island in Nghe An, submerging more than 8,000 hectares of rice paddies and 385 lakes and ponds used for raising aquaculture in the province.

According to the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control, nearly 20,000 vessels in central provinces moved to safety.

After making landfall, the storm was moving at around 10km per hour. It's expected to become a tropical low pressure on June 24.

About 1,800 residents of Cat Hai town in Hai Phong were relocated on the night of June 23 as the storm had flooded all areas of the town, causing a power blackout. No injuries were reported.

In Quang Ninh province, according to Nguyen Van Thanh, chairman of the Co To Island District People's Committee, more than 1,000 tourists visiting the island had been taken back to the mainland before the storm hit land.

About 500 tourists volunteered to stay back in the island despite being informed of the weather conditions. All ferry services were stopped at about 2pm on Saturday. According to Thanh, all accommodation services on the island were told to stock up with enough water and food.

Water was flowing over a 50m section of Quan Lan dyke in Quang Ninh. Hoang Van Thanh, deputy chairman of Van Don People's Committee, said the sea dyke system of Quan Lan was 2,000 metres long, but in some parts the height was low. The district was on high alert throughout the night to monitor the situation.

Thai Binh province on June 23 relocated nearly 2,300 seaside households.

Nguyen Van Bai, chairman of the Tien Hai district People's Committee, said the district had notified 2,500 workers in oyster huts near the sea to return home. All residents were forbidden from moving outside the national dyke system.

Twenty metres of dyke in Quat Lam in Giao Thuy district of Nam Dinh collapsed on June 23. Officials quickly and successfully organised repairs.-VNA