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Storm Nock-Ten hits Vietnam, killing two

07-31-2011 15:58 BJT

Storm Nock-Ten was spreading over Vietnam from Saturday afternoon, hitting its central Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces first, then moving northwards, according to the Vietnam Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control ( CCFSC).

According to its Sunday report, a 68-year-old man in Nghe An province was killed by electric shock generated by electric leak from poles pulled down during the storm, and another 60-year-old man from northern Son La province died by lightening.

In addition, heavy rain has flooded thousands of hectares of rice fields and other crops, and many houses and schools had been broken their roofs.

The storm, the third one that hit Vietnam in 2011, triggered torrential rains in mountainous and coastal Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces. On its moving course, it caused strong wind, heavy rains and rough sea along the coastline and also affected Hai Phong port city, where the storm was not forecast to visit.

To cope with the storm, CCFSC has instructed localities that would be vulnerable to the storm to evacuate their residents from risky areas before the storm comes. Border and coast guards were also ordered to help fishermen anchor their boats in safe decks.

The Central Hydrometeorology Center said tropical storm Nock- Ten is forecast to move in westerly direction at a speed of 20 km per hour and dissipate to become a tropical depression.

Related agencies and people are instructed to keep on readiness in response to the storm aftermath.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: Xinhua

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