Timely countermeasures needed to minimise losses by storm Doksuri hinh anh 1Powerful typhoon Doksuri is approaching Vietnam’s central coast (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Powerful typhoon Doksuri, which is approaching Vietnam’s central coast, is expected to cause great losses if there is no timely and effective countermeasures, warned Deputy Prime  Minister Trinh Dinh Dung.

During his field trip to the central province of Quang Binh on September 14, Dung asked local leaders to set forth specific plans and seriously follow the Prime Minister’s instructions.

The first job is to ensure safety of activities at sea, guide vessels to take shelter or move out of the typhoon’s path, he said.

Apart from Gianh Port, the Deputy PM inspected preparations for the storm in Hon La Port, where tens of boats sunk during the storm in last July.

Then, Deputy PM Dung made a field trip to Nghe An province.

As of 5:30pm on September 14, heavy rains and strong winds began in localities of Quang Binh.

The province has kept a close watch on developments of the typhoon to inform them to people, banned vessels from sailing to sea, promptly called on boats to find shelters, and evacuated people from high-risk areas.

Local farmers and businesses have been urged to harvest crops and aquatic produce before the typhoons comes.

Dinh Quy Nhan, Director of the provincial Department of Education and Training, said on September 14 that his department has requested schools across the province to inform their students to stay at home as from September 15.

Meanwhile, by 4:30pm on September 14, Bach Long Vi island district in the northern port city of Hai Phong, experienced strong north-northeast winds, according to Chairman of the district People’s Committee Do Duc Hoa.

Chairman of the Hai Phong municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Tung has issued an urgent notice, requesting chairmen of district People’s Committees and heads of departments and agencies to swiftly implement countermeasures.

More than 2,500 vessels in the locality have been informed about the storm and over 48,500 people have been mobilised for natural disaster combat.-VNA