These units were also urged to develop plans to ensure safety for their personnel, equipment and barracks and work closely with local Party committees and authorities to mobilize all resources to support locals in responding to and overcoming consequences of possible flooding, and landslides.

Bach Dang street in Da Nang city is inundated with flood water.

* To cope with Storm Vamco, the 13th that hit Vietnam this year, the Military Region 4 Command requested its affiliated units to cooperate with local functional forces to double check, call and inform ships and boats of the developments and movements of the storm so that they could take shelter in a timely manner. Military Region 4’s affiliates teamed with other forces to evacuate people living in areas with high risks of landslides and flash floods to safe places. They also prepared personnel and vehicles for rescue missions if needed.

* In Ha Tinh province, all 3,957 ships and boats with 14,932 people have taken refuge while the provincial armed forces have reinforced their barracks and local people’s houses. They also gave recommendations to local authorities to devise plans to evacuate locals in flood-prone areas to safe areas. At present, all provincial armed forces are ready to undertake search and rescue missions. The province is also prohibiting the operation of boats and ships at sea starting at 17:00 on November 13.

* In Quang Binh province, all 6,564 local trawlers and 147 trawlers from other provinces are anchoring at wharfs.

The provincial armed forces and local authorities evacuated all households in places with risks of flooding, landslides and flash floods to safe locations. They also ensured food, medicines, fuel, medical equipment, and other vehicles for search and rescue tasks.

Troops from Son Tra Border Post assist local fishermen in pulling trawlers to the anchorage.

Meanwhile, all troops of the provincial border guard force and 15 ships, canoes, and 15 automobiles are on standby to be deployed upon request. The local border guards also worked with local authorities to reinforce nearly 250 houses.

* The armed forces of Quang Tri and Thua Thien - Hue provinces successfully called on all boats and ships operating in the local waters to take shelter. The forces have stayed ready to participate in search and rescue operations and kept a close watch of the development of the storm to promptly give assistance to locals in a timely and effective manner.

They assigned troops to key locations to support local authorities and people in coping with the storm as well.

Specifically, in Thua Thien - Hue province, as of 16:00 on November 14, 21,291 local households have been evacuated to safe places.

* Also on November 14, the armed forces of Da Nang city and other forces went to each house to encourage locals to take shelter and reinforce their houses to minimize damage.

People in Hoi An city are evacuated to safe places.

According to a report by the municipal steering committee for disaster prevention and control and search and rescue, by 14:30 on November 14, more than 21,000 households with over 98,000 people were evacuated to safe areas while nearly 1,600 boats and ships took shelter at Tho Quang lock.

* As of 13:00 on November 14, all of the households along Cua Dai beach were taken to shelters, according to Lieutenant Colonel Le Phuoc Thanh, Deputy Commander of Hoi An city Military Command.

The local troops and militia forces also helped nearly 200,000 people living in temporary houses move to safer places.

Translated by Mai Huong