Door: Es en Nouke
13 December 2006 | Laos, Khwaeng_Savannakhet
Morgen loopt ons Laos-visum af en t plan was centraal-Vietnam. Echter, we hebben besloten morgenochtend vanuit Savannakhet/Laos de Mekong-rivier naar Thailand over te steken zoals t er nu uitziet.
Waarom dat dan?
Reden: typhoon Utor.
We hebben hier info ingewonnen o.a. bij 'touristinfo' en op internet en er is een typhoon in Vietnam op komst, genaamd Utor. Komt van Fillipijnen alwaar doden zijn gevallen en veel vermisten.
Vietnamese authoriteiten hierzo geven opties: 1) typhoon wordt bij bereiken van Vietnam-centraal een tropische orkaan, of 2) blijft een typhoon ook op land. Vietnamezen in de plaatsen tussen Hoi An en zuidelijker (precies daar waar wij Vietnam binnenkomen) worden geevacueerd.
Well, zal vast heel spannend zijn zo'n orkaan :/ maar we nemen zekere voor onzekere.
Maak je niet ongerust, volgend bericht komt vanuit 't Thaise.
Unpredictable Typhoon Utor coming our way
Fishermen in Tho Quang Ward, Da Nang City, lift their ship ashore in preparation for coming Typhoon Utor. — VNA/VNS Xuan Quang
HA NOI — As the nation works on overcoming the destruction wreaked by recent typhoon Durian, another dangerous typhoon is heading Viet Nam’s way.
Typhoon Durian caused an estimated VND7 trillion (US$437.5million) in damages in Viet Nam, leaving 83 dead and 11 missing. HCM City is restoring houses and schools to let their student return classes in the wake of Durian while Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province has yet to restore its lighting and water network.
A conference was held yesterday in the capital by the Defence Ministry to carry out measures to deal with coming Typhoon Utor.
Typhoon Utor, described by meteorologists as fast-moving and unpredictable, is forecast to be within 140km of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands tomorrow afternoon. But predictions on where and when it will hit Viet Nam vary considerably.
Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh, who is also chairman of the national committee for search and rescue, mobilised 4,518 soldiers and staff from the border police with 396 vehicles including vessels, boats and cars to take part in fighting the coming typhoon in 28 vulnerable cities and provinces.
To deal with the typhoon, Thanh ordered border police to co-operate with local authorities from the provinces of Quang Ninh to Kien Giang in calling all boats, ship and vessels in the area to stay ashore.
They will also patrol coastal areas from Quang Ninh to Kien Giang to enforce a ban on sailing.
The navy must build a plan for evacuating ships, boats and vessels and their crews from areas that may be hit by the typhoon. The navy has been ordered to pay their special attention to the safety of soldiers in the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands.
The air force will make flights to monitor the typhoon, be involved in rescue work and transport food for typhoon victims, as well as take part in clean up work after the typhoon.
The ministry has set up a front command post in Da Nang City, military zone 4 in Thua Thien-Hue Province and military zone 5 in Quang Ngai Province, where operations were launched yesterday.
The border soldier command said 15,962 ship and vessels with more than 90,000 fishermen, mostly in the Tonkin Gulf, returned to port before 16.00 yesterday.
However, there were more than 10,000 vessels with another 60,000 fishermen still operating out at sea.
The provinces of Nghe An, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Ca Mau were reported to have the largest number of vessels and fishermen at risk.
At the greatest risk are eight ships and 110 fishermen from Quang Ngai Province operating in the roughest areas of the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands, including four ships and 27 fishermen that have no channel of communications with the border force.
Typhoon Utor is said to be an unpredictable and fast-moving typhoon with little of it’s strength diminished after passing over the Philippines to approach the East Sea. The typhoon’s circulation has a large radius of 500km while other typhoons fluctuate from 200km to 300km.
Scientists from the Institute of Metrology and Hydrology can not tell exactly where the typhoon will make landfall due to declining cold air systems. However, they predict the typhoon may move to the north with the influence of El Nino.
Predictions on the typhoon vary. Hong Kong’s centre for metrology and hydrology said Utor may hit the coast from Quang Tri to Nha Trang while the US’ navy and London University predicted it will not hit central Viet Nam but move to the east of China’s Hainan Island, which is off the coast of northern Viet Nam.
According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting at 16.00 yesterday, in the next 24 hours the typhoon will move in a westerly and north westerly direction at 10-15 km/h.
It also predicted that Utor will be 140km to the southeast of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands at 16.00 tomorrow. — VNS
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