Storm Molave is heading toward the East Sea (Source: VOV)

On the evening of October 26, the center of the low-pressure area will be situated at about 17.5 0 N latitude and 105.2 0 E longitude in the southern Lao region with  the strongest wind force near the center of the low pressure area falling below category 6 (less than 40kmh).

In the Gulf of Tonkin, coastal areas from Quang Tri to Thua Thien Hue are battered by strong winds gusting up to 6-7 category, and even to 10 category in the areas near the storm's eye.

According to the National Centre of Hydro-meteorological and Forecasting (NCHF), a tropical storm called Molave has formed in the East Sea, and is moving in northwest direction at a speed of 20 km per hour and is anticipated to gain strength within the next few days.

At 1 p.m October 25, storm Molave, the ninth storm of the year, was situated at about 230km east of of the central coast of the Philippines, with the strongest wind power near the centre of the storm of between 90-100 kph, gusting up to 11 category.

Over the next 24 hours, it will move westwards at a speed of 20km per hour, enter the East Sea, and continue to  become stronger. At 1pm of October 26, its eye will be on the central Philippines with the fastest winds of 100 - 115km per hour, reported VOV.

The storm will keep moving westwards in the next 24 - 48 hours and to west-northwest over the course of 48-72 hours.

Meanwhile, Saude, the eight storm, is travelling west at a speed up of 60-90 kph and is expected to strike the central provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Tri and gradually weaken into a tropical depression, and then a low pressure area.

500 billion VND to support flood-hit localities

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to temporarily allocate 500 billion VND (over 23 million USD) from the central budget’s reserves of 2020 to support five central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Nam, and Ha Tinh in carrying out rescue tasks, social security work and overcoming consequences of floods.

A boat carries essential goods to a flooded area in Quang Ninh district of Quang Binh province (Photo: VNA)

The PM asked the localities’ authorities to base on the real situation to responsibly use the central budget, their local budgets and other legal financial sources to promptly perform the tasks in line with relevant legal regulations.

The People’s Committees of the five central provinces have been asked to examine and count the losses caused by natural disasters and the spending on overcoming consequences of natural disasters in accordance with regulations.

Flood in central Vietnam (Source: VNA)

According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the recent torrential rain and floods have so far claimed 130 lives, and left 18 others missing. Some 371 ha of rice paddies have been submerged, 7,126 ha of crops damaged, and over 700,000 heads of cattle and poultry killed or swept away.

The floods also inflicted substantial damage upon local agriculture, irrigation, and transport infrastructure.

Vietnam enters 53rd consecutive day without community infections

According to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, Vietnam entered the 53rd consecutive day without any community infections.

However, on October 25 evening, Vietnam reported eight imported COVID-19 cases on October 25 evening, raising the total in the country to 1,168.

Repartriated citizens prepare to enter a quarantine area (Photo: VNA)

All the new patients were put under quarantine upon their arrival.

Of the total, 691 were infected with the virus domestically, including 551 linked with Da Nang city since the latest coronavirus wave began there on July 25.

There are 14,576 people having close contact with confirmed cases or coming from pandemic-hit regions under quarantine at present, including 181 in hospitals, 13,208 in concentrated quarantine sites, and 1,187 at home./.

Compiled by BTA