Updated: 11/29/2018 1:41:14 AM
Three days have passed since typhoon Usagi hit Ho Chi Minh City and many areas still remain deeply flooded. Houses belonging to local people in Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward, Thu Duc District in Ho Chi Minh City have been forced to endure an unhygienic environment with flood water still in their homes.
Updated: 11/28/2018 1:26:54 AM
Typhoon Usagi, which weakened into a tropical depression over the weekend, hit HCM City hard on Sunday, damaging electrical cables, stranding cars on streets, and flooding basements.
Authorities in HCM City and the neighbouring provinces of Bình Dương, Long An, and Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu on Sunday began cleaning up streets, repairing damage, and pumping water out of schools and basements.
“Storm No 9 weakened but heavy rain and flooding could occur again. It’s the perfect environment for dengue fever, hand-foot-mouth disease and measles,” Dũng said.
Nguyễn Văn Trực, deputy director of the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the city’s flood prevention plans had plans for only a maximum of 200mm of rainfall. At least 400 mm fell on HCM City within 24 hours.
Updated: 11/27/2018 12:53:58 AM
Until November 28, rivers from Quang Tri to Khanh Hoa provinces will see a flood. Mountainous areas have been warned of landslide while low lying area should watch out flooding in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen province.
Estimating typhoon Usagi, Mr. Tran Quang Hoai, head of General Department for Natural Disaster Prevention and Fighting, said that the storm moved slowly and weakened when making landfall in the mainland of Vietnam, so the country has not suffered much damage.
Local authorities have been asked to watch out heavy rain triggered landslide in the aftermath of the typhoon and remove residents from dangerous area in a timely manner.
Updated: 11/26/2018 2:17:15 PM
Usagi made landfall close to the Vung Tau town of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province and continued moving northwestward inland over Ho Chi Minh city area toward southern Cambodia as a tropical depression. Authorities issued evacuation orders for more than 100 000 people ahead of the storm.
Ho Chi Minh received more than 350 mm before the storm moved away, resulting in widespread flooding and travel disruption.
Winds brought by the storm downed numerous trees in the popular beach town of Vung Tau, destroyed roofs of homes and sank boats along the coast, caused power outages and damaged at least 51 homes in Ho Chi Minh City area.
At least one person lost its life after being hit by a falling tree while riding a motorcycle.
Updated: 11/26/2018 1:04:05 AM
Typhoon Usagi (Samuel) made landfall in Vietnman near the city of Vung Tau (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province) on the morning (local time) of Sunday, November 25, before weakening to a Tropical Depression and moving west-northwest.
According to weather officials, Usagi is expected to move over southern Cambodia on the evening of Monday, November 26. As of Sunday afternoon, Usagi brought winds of up to 60 km/h to Binh Thuan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and Ben Tre provinces as well as Ho Chi Minh City.
According to local sources, at least one person was killed by the typhoon. Further rain and associated travel disruptions, including flight cancelations and power outages, are possible in the region in the near term.
Updated: 11/25/2018 2:13:33 AM
At 8 a.m. Sunday morning, the center of the storm was just 40 kilometers (24 miles) off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, with wind speed of up to 100 kilometers per hour.
Le Minh Dung, vice chairman of Can Gio, said no damage and casualties have been reported so far. "But the weather will remain bad, so we have asked local residents to stay indoors to be safe," he said.
Updated: 11/24/2018 3:59:58 AM
Instead of moving westwards as forecast earlier, Usagi, the ninth storm of the year to strike Vietnamese waters, has changed course and is now heading south.
Nguyen Van Linh, Vice Chairman of Phu Quy District in the south-central province of Binh Thuan, said the locality has been hit by heavy rains accompanied with gusty winds since early Saturday morning. No casualties or damage have been reported so far.
Updated: 11/23/2018 9:41:10 AM
Tropical Depression Usagi (Samuel) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 6 pm on Thursday, November 22, shortly after Man-yi intensified from a severe tropical storm into a typhoon outside PAR.
It is moving west toward Vietnam at a slightly slower 20 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 30 km/h.
Samuel maintained its strength as it left PAR, with maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h.
Published Friday, November 23, 2018
Vietnamese central and southern coastal localities have been instructed to take urgent measures to brace for Typhoon Usagi – the ninth storm to hit the East Sea this year said to be heading to the south central region.
Usagi is forecast to make landfall in the night of November 24 or the morning of November 25, Tran Quang Hoai, standing member of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and head of the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority, said at a meeting on storm response in Hanoi on November 23.
Hoai urged localities likely to be affected by the storm to pay attention to areas vulnerable to landslides and prepare to address incidents related to sea dykes in order to ensure safety for locals.
Based on forecasts, localities should put in place plans to evacuate people from dangerous areas and coastal areas before 12:00 of November 24 and ban fishing activities if necessary, he suggested, adding that the Steering Committee and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will send working groups to check on storm response and measures to ensure the safe and effective operation of reservoirs in localities during the day.
The National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue must get ready for search and rescue missions when needed, he affirmed.
According to Sen. Lt. Col. Nguyen Dinh Hung, deputy head of the Search and Rescue Division under the Border Guard High Command, as of 6:00 am of November 23, information about the storm and guidance were provided for 64,137 ships with 330,712 people on board, so that they are moving to safer areas.
Typhoon Usagi Facts
Affected Area: 300 km.
Alert Level: Orange