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Storm Goni on its way to central Vietnam

November 03, 2020 | 07:21

At 7pm on November 2, Storm Goni was at roughly 510 km from the southeast of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in the Bien Dong Sea (South China Sea), with wind speeds of up to 75 kph,

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The path of Storm Goni. Photo: nchmf.gov.vn

At 7pm on November 2, Goni, the tenth storm of this year, was at roughly 510 km from the southeast of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in the Bien Dong Sea (South China Sea), with wind speeds of up to 75 kph.

For the next 24 hours it is expected to continue moving northwest at a speed of 20 kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

At 7pm on November 3, it would be 330 km from the southeast of Hoang Sa with wind speeds of 60-90 kph.

At 7m on November 4, the storm is forecast to be 240km from Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces and 260km from Phu Yen province.

Over the 48 to 72 hours to come, Goni would travel west at a speed of about 10 km per hour to make landfall in localities from Da Nang city to Phu Yen province and then weaken into a tropical depression, which will move in the southwest direction at the same speed.

Earlier, Goni had swept across the Philippines' main island of Luzon, killing at least 20 people and causing volcanic mudflows to bury houses before weakening, Reuters reported.

It had been dubbed a "super typhoon" when it reached the Philippines, packing sustained winds of up to 225 kph.

Goni is the 10th storm to hit Vietnam this year. There had been four tropical storms and one tropical depression in October, the same as in 1993 and the highest number in the country’s recorded meteorological history, VnExpress said.

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Rescue forces in Quang Nam Province try to pull a heavy object out of the wreckage to search for victims hit by a landslide in Nam Tra My District, October 29, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/

Storm Molave, which swept central Vietnam last week, inflicted economic damage worth around VND10 trillion ($430.16 million), according to statistics from affected provinces.

The damage was nearly 1.5 times higher than 2019’s total natural disaster-induced loss of VND7 trillion ($302.6 million), mostly due to floods, storms and landslides.

Molave, one of the most powerful storms to hit Vietnam, made landfall over Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces last week, causing heavy rains and deadly landslides in the central region, already battered by multiple storms and historic flooding.

At least 33 people have been killed and 49 others gone missing as of November 1, with over 720 houses having collapsed and 176,790 others seriously damaged, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control.

Due to Molave's impact, Quang Nam province, home to Hoi An ancient town, was hit by torrential downpours of up to 500 mm on October 28-29. Subsequently, multiple landslides struck poverty-stricken mountainous areas, killing at least 24 people and leaving 23 others missing.

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Floodwaters isolate many hamlets of Thanh Ha commune, Thanh Chuong district, Nghe An province. Photo: VNA

With many communes isolated due to storm erosion, the government was prompted to drop food and daily necessities via helicopter.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who paid a visit to storm-hit provinces on November 1, set aside VND40 million from the state budget per family whose house had been destroyed by Molave and VND10 million for each who had their homes damaged.

A further VND800 billion grant was requested for six localities worst hit by Storm Molave, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Thua Thien-Hue, Nghe An and Kon Tum.

Earlier, the government had granted VND500 billion ($21.52 million) to five central provinces, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam, that suffered heavy damage from historic flooding between October 6-25./.

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