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Hanoi (VNA) - The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines said it has canceled 14 flights to the port city of Hai Phong on October 19 due to storm Sarika.

Affected passengers will be rerouted to/from Cat Bi International Airport in Hai Phong to/from Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for free of charge, the carrier said.

The carrier said it is making plans for more flights to make it up for the canceled ones.
It also called on those who have plans to flight to/from Hanoi, and Thanh Hoa province, to closely follow weather forecast and the carrier’s flight schedules at or its outlets.

Storm Sarika is forecasted to enter the Gulf of Tonkin and head toward Vietnam’s coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Nam Dinh on October 19 with winds up to 165km per hour, according to the National Forecast Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre.

It is said to be the most dangerous and strongest storms to hit Vietnam in recent years.

The centre warned that the storm would bring heavy rain of 200-300mm for northeastern and northern central localities. The rains could bring floods to these localities and mountainous areas are warned of flash floods and landslides.-VNA