Storm Vamco enters East Sea, threatens central Vietnam

By Nguyen Quy   November 11, 2020 | 06:50 pm PT
Storm Vamco enters East Sea, threatens central Vietnam
A satellite image of Storm Vamco which is heading for central Vietnam, November 12, 2020. Photo courtesy of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
Storm Vamco entered the East Sea on Thursday morning and is forecast to head toward central Vietnam, which has been hit by storm after storm since early October.

At 7 a.m. it lay centered around 820 kilometers southeast of Vietnam's Paracel Islands in the East Sea, known internationally as the South China Sea, with wind speeds of up to 135 kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Over the next 24 hours it will move west at a speed of 20 kph before changing direction and moving northwest.

By Sunday morning it is expected be reach the Vietnamese coast between Ha Tinh and Quang Nam provinces, where at least 235 have been killed or left missing missing by storms and floods since last month.

International weathering forecasting agencies predicted that Storm Vamco would make landfall over Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces on Monday.

Vamco is the third storm in November and 13th to hit Vietnam this year. The storm had soaked and lashed provinces in the Philippines’ main Luzon island overnight, killing one person while three others are missing, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The previous storm, Etau, made landfall Tuesday morning and weakened into a tropical depression, causing heavy rains in central provinces.

At least two people were killed in Quang Nam and Binh Dinh.

Provinces like Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa also suffered landslides and flooding.

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