Coastal localities brace themselves for storm Conson

THURSDAY, 09/09/2021 13:37:09

Northern coastal provinces are set to evacuate close to 800,000 people as tropical storm Conson has entered the East Sea to become the fifth typhoon set to hit the country this year.

According to a report from the Border Guard Command, up to this morning, as many as 71,500 ships and boats along side nearly 350,000 people have been updated on the developments of the storm in order to take preventive measures or move out of danger areas.

The National Center for Meteorological and Hydrological Forecasting reported that over the course of the next 24 hours, storm Conson will track northwest at a speed of between 15km and 20km per hour, during which time it is likely to become stronger.

Colonel Pham Hai Chau, deputy head of the Office of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Response, Search, and Rescue, revealed that over 500,000 military servicemen and militias, along with 2,000 vehicles, have been mobilised to cope with the fallout from the storm.

Along with another active typhoon on the East Sea named Chanthu, it is expected that there will be rough seas and strong winds in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago during the next 48 hours.

Due to the impact of the tropical convergence, it is likely that torrential rains will hit the northern mountainous region, with large rainfalls being recorded in the localities of Son La and Yen Bai and provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh.

As of September 9 morning, Conson destroyed over 3,000 houses and caused 19 people to go missing in the Philippines, with more than 10,000 people being evacuated to safer areas. Total damage was estimated at more than US$3.8 million.



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