Vietnam braces for Typhoon Vamco, 160,000 residents to be evacuated

Providing that the 13th storm of the year, Typhoon Vamco, doesn’t make direct landfall, then only 18,000 local people will be evacuated, although this number will rise to approximately 94,000 if Typhoon Vamco does make direct impact.

Typhoon Vamco is forecast to make landfall along coastal provinces from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien-Hue on November 14. The weather event will bring heavy rain to coastal provinces and may cause flashfloods and landslides throughout mountainous areas. Source: VOV

Local authorities in Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri provinces are planning to evacuate more than 160,000 residents due to Typhoon Vamco which is anticipated to hit the central coast of Vietnam late on November 14, VOV said.

Among the evacuees are a total of 65,890 people from Thua Thien-Hue province who are set to move to higher ground as a means of guarding against the impact of the impending typhoon. Evacuation efforts are set to be completed before 10 a.m. on November 14.

The local administration is also required to postpone any unnecessary meetings in order to primarily focus on coping with the impact of Vamco. 

Simultaneously, the administration of Quang Tri held an urgent meeting on November 13 in which they gave a detailed plan of evacuation efforts to residents in order to avoid possible devastation, flooding, and landslides to be caused by Vamco.

Providing that the 13th storm of the year doesn’t make direct landfall, then only 18,000 local people will be evacuated, although this number will rise to approximately 94,000 if Typhoon Vamco does make direct impact.

Quang Tri’s authorities are also devising plans to help move between 26,000 and 50,000 people in order to protect them from potential flooding.

Furthermore, roughly 7,800 people in areas that are at risk of landslides are set to seek safety. Quang Tri also banned fishing boats from setting sail from 2 p.m. on November 13.

On the same day, the authorities of Da Nang called on fishing boats to travel ashore or to nearby storm shelters. Indeed, activities at sea were banned as of 3 p.m. on November 13.

At 4am on November 14, Vamco’s eye was on the southern area of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, at about 390km to the east of the coast from Thua Thien-Hue to Da Nang and 510km to the east-southeast of Quang Tri province. It sustained winds of up to 135-165km per hour, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

From 4am on November 14 to 4am on November 15, the storm is predicted to move west-northwest at about 20km per hour and gradually weaken. At 4am on November 15, its centre will be on the inshore areas from Quang Binh to Quang Ngai with strongest winds of 90-100km per hour.

Between 4am on November 15 and 4pm on November 16, it will keep moving west-northwest at some 15-20km per hour and hit the mainland areas from Ha Tinh to Quang Nam and abate into a tropical depression and then a low-pressure area.

Tu Pham