Vietnam takes precautions ahead of Tropical Storm Nakri

This picture taken on 5 November 2017 shows rescuers looking for missing people on a beach in the central province of Binh Dinh following the passage of Typhoon Damrey. Credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images

The Vietnamese have acted to fortify embankments and dykes ahead of Tropical Storm Nakri, which is making landfall on the night of 10 November 2019.

Since 8 November, residents have been using sand bags and rocks to strengthen the coastal embankment in Nhon Hai commune in Binh Dinh province.

After Tropical Storm Matmo hit Vietnam on 30 October, officials and residents became more prepared.

As Tropical Storm Nakri neared, high waves and strong winds were recorded in the South China Sea, in the coastal areas from Da Nang to Khanh Hoa province. The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said that waves of four to seven metres were recorded.

Heavy rainfall is expected until 12 November, with precipitation measuring 100 to 300 mm. Rainfall of 180 mm in 24 hours is deemed heavy.

Since 10 November, Khanh Hoa officials have stopped ships from coming in and out of the province’s islands. The province is home to Nha Trang and Cam Ranh ports.

Quy Nhon Port suspended loading and discharging operations from 9 November onwards, and officials said that the 56 vessels in the port in Binh Dinh province have been securely anchored.

The National Committee for Incident, Natural Disaster Response and Search and Rescue and the Ministry of Transport said that more than 250,000 soldiers, 2,300 vehicles, and five rescue vessels have been deployed.