Vietnam affected by year's fourth typhoon

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A map by National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting forecasts the moving of Vicente typhoon.

Vicente, the fourth typhoon to form in the East Sea this year, is due to hit northeast Vietnam early on Wednesday (July 25), with heavy winds and downpours, the state hydrometeological center said.

A report from the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting said the typhoon was expected to reduce into a tropical low pressure front and then disappear after moving through Vietnam.

The typhoon on the afternoon of July 23 was around 750 kilometers from Vietnam's western tip of Mong Cai in Quang Ninh Province, moving at around 20 kilometers an hour with winds of 90-117 kilometers an hour.

Northern provinces to the north central province of Thanh Hoa are to receive heavy rainfall of between 100 and 300 millimeters.

The Central Border Guard Command said it informed nearly 48,200 boats with more than 186,000 people aboard to find refuge from the typhoon.

Cao Duc Phat, minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at a meeting about the typhoon on Monday that northern governments have to prepare measures to protect ports and coal mines.

Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said at the meeting, "Authorities need to be prepared for landslides. Small and exposed mines can easily be damaged by water."

Hai said localities need to be "especially careful" about rains after the typhoon, as "our rain forecasts are not yet highly accurate."

On Sunday, two Vietnam Airlines flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat in the Central Highlands had to return back to the city as it was cloudy and windy above the airport in Da Lat and the plane could not land.

Another Air Mekong flight from Hanoi to Da Lat faced the same problem and had to fly directly to Ho Chi Minh City and wait until the evening to return to Da Lat.

Vietnam's aviation authorities said the typhoon's circulation combined with the monsoon rains caused windy downpours in central and southern Vietnam.

Late last month, typhoon Doksuri, the third typhoon to rock the East Sea this year, caused rough seas along Vietnam's northern coast. Neither it nor Talim, the second typhoon which hit in June, resulted in any loss of human life.

Pakhar, the first typhoon in the East Sea, hit Ho Chi Minh City and nearby provinces on the night of April 1, killing four and knocking over houses and trees.

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