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Typhoon Kompasu to weaken to tropical depression after making landfall in central region

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The forecast direction of Typhoon Kompasu. — Photo National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre

HÀ NỘI — Typhoon Kompasu, the eighth storm to hit Việt Nam this year, will land between the central provinces of Thanh Hóa to Quảng Bình and weaken to a tropical depression by 4pm on Thursday.

At 4am on Wednesday, the eye of the storm was about 270km to the northeast of the Hoàng Sa (Paracels) Archipelago.

The strongest wind speeds were recorded at about 100 to 120km per hour.

The typhoon is forecast to move west at a speed of 20km per hour.

Once it weakens to a tropical depression, it will sustain winds of 40 to 50km per hour.

At 4am on Friday, the tropical depression will enter the central region of Laos with wind speeds decreasing to below 40km per hour.

Coastal areas from northern Quảng Ninh Province to central Quảng Bình Province and the East Sea area will experience strong winds.

Heavy rain is predicted from Wednesday afternoon to Friday in the northern region and Quảng Trị Province, with rainfall to 200 millimeters per. Regions from Thanh Hoá to Quảng Bình would also observe heavy rains with levels up to 350 millimeters. Flash floods and landslides may occur in certain areas, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

The tropical depression combined with a new cold wave in the north-central region will cause more heavy rain.

Deputy Prime Minister Lê Văn Thành on Tuesday required localities to minimise the storm’s impacts, thus preventing the double effects from COVID-19 and natural disasters.

Stressing the need for plans to evacuate locals in high-risk areas to safer places while still ensuring pandemic prevention, he asked the localities to pay special attention to giving safe shelter and support to migrant workers on the way to their hometowns from southern localities.

It is necessary to ensure the safety of dams, dykes and reservoirs while preparing forces and vehicles for rescue work, he said.

Representatives of localities that are forecast to be hit by the typhoon – Thanh Hóa, Hà Tĩnh, Nghệ An, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, and Thừa Thiên-Huế – said that they had made preparations to brace for the typhoon, including alerting fishing vessels at sea and designing plans to respond to heavy rain and flooding.

Tropical storm Kompasu has set off landslides and flash floods in the Philippines, leaving at least 11 people dead, according to Aljazeera. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1058729/typhoon-kompasu-to-weaken-to-tropical-depression-after-making-landfall-in-central-region.html

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Ministry asks localities to increase inter-provincial passenger transport

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Coaches at Gia Lâm station in Hà Nội’s Long Biên District. —VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport has issued a document asking People’s Committees of cities and provinces to coordinate on the implementation of temporary guidelines on transport activities.

The measures are to ensure safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government has issued Resolution No.128/NQ-CP on temporary regulations on safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of COVID-19. To implement the resolution, the Health Ministry has promulgated temporary medical guidance and the Transport Ministry has also released temporary guidelines on transport activities in the five areas of land, inland waterway, maritime, railway and aviation. 

Therefore, to ensure smooth and concerted transport activities, People’s Committees of cities and provinces were asked to direct local agencies and units to follow the ministry’s guidelines, and instruct departments of transport to increase passenger volume on fixed intra-provincial and inter-provincial routes licensed by the provincial authorities.

The ministry also suggested localities resume other routes depending on the local level of pandemic risk, while striving to maintain from 10 per cent to a maximum 50 per cent of licensed trips per month in line with requirements in the temporary guidelines.

In a report reviewing passenger transport activities on fixed routes during one week of resumption from October 13-18, the ministry said authorities of 48 provinces and cities had allowed the resumption of inter-provincial routes, while in 15 other localities, the transport departments had submitted plans to resume routes to the municipal/provincial authorities. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1063729/ministry-asks-localities-to-increase-inter-provincial-passenger-transport.html

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Ho Chi Minh City doctors excise over 100 tumors from woman’s abdomen

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Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital on Thursday removed more than 100 tumors weighing about five kilograms from the abdomen of a 50-year-old woman from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. 

Dr. Nguyen Van Tien, head of the surgery department at the hospital, said that the patient suffered a swollen, painful abdomen upon her admission.

She had noticed unusual signs about two years ago, but deferred seeking medical care for her abdominal pain over complicated COVID-19 developments in Ho Chi Minh City. 

It was not until the coronavirus pandemic was basically put under control in the southern city that the patient visited the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital.

After a consultation meeting, doctors diagnosed the patient with uterine sarcoma, a disease in which malignant cells form in the muscles of the uterus or other tissues that support the uterus, so they decided to perform a surgery on the woman to remove the tumors.

Surgeons took out a total of more than 100 tumors attached to the patient’s uterus, intestinal loops, junctions, grooves of the small intestine, colon, and renal fossa.

The tumors, which weighed about five kilograms in total, compressed and pushed the positions of many internal organs.

Dr. Tien recommended that people have their health checked periodically, especially when there are abnormal signs in their bodies, so that doctors can detect risks early and provide timely treatment or intervention.

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Minor quake strikes Central Highlands region again

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A minor earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit Kon Plong district of Kon Tum province in the Central Highlands on October 21 evening, according to the Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre under the Institute of Geophysics.

The latest minor earthquake hits Kon Plong district on October 21 evening.

The latest minor earthquake hits Kon Plong district on October 21 evening.
 

The quake shook the area at a depth of approximately 8.1km at around 20:21 and caused no injuries.

This is the third consecutive earthquake that has struck Kon Plong district since October 17.

Two subsequent quakes measuring 2.8 and 3.5 on the Richter scale jolted the district on October 17.

None of these minor earthquakes posed a natural disaster risk to the locality, said experts from Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre.

According to the centre, Kon Plong district had recorded dozens of earthquakes with a magnitude of no more than 4.0 from April to June 2021, causing no natural disaster risk.

The Institute of Geophysics has set up an additional monitoring station in order to better understand and promptly warn of dangerous geological phenomena, if any.

Source: VOV

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