At 1 p.m. of November 10, the storm’s center was about 700 km from the

South of Luzon Island (Philippines), with wind speeds up to 75 - 90 km per hour near the eye.

In the next 24 hours, the storm is forecast to move in the West-Northwest direction at a speed of 20 km per hour.

Storm named Vamco is reported to have enter the East Sea (South China Sea) on November 10 and will continue to affect Vietnam’s Central region in the days to come

* Earlier, two deaths have been reported as storm Etau, the 12th hitting the East Sea this year, swept through the central region on November 10, bringing along strong wind and heavy rains, according to the standing office of the central steering committee for natural disaster control.

The North-South railway was submerged, forcing the SE2 train to stop at Khanh Hoa. The 19C National Highway through Xuan Long commune, Phu Yen Province’s Dong Xuan district, was 0.8m under water, disrupting the traffic.

In Khanh Hoa province, power service was disrupted throughout Khanh Vinh district, five communes in Van Ninh district and two communes in Ninh Hoa town. Meanwhile 68 out of 110 communes in the adjacent province of Phu Yen, had no power supply and 31 houses were damaged or had their roofs blown away.

* The Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control met on November 10 to hammer out solutions to overcome the consequences of the ongoing storm Etau.

According to Major General Doan Thai Duc, Director of the ministry's Search and Rescue Department under the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, more than 251,500 troops and 1,609 vehicles have been mobilized to help people overcome the consequences of ongoing natural disasters.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung asked relevant ministries, agencies, and localities to keep a close watch on and outline preventive measures to cope with the storms, and help local people quickly overcome the natural disaster consequences.

* 14 troops of Military Region 5 were mobilized to find missing people after a house collapsed in Tam Lanh commune, Phu Ninh district, Quang Nam province, and evacuate 13,923 people in Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces to safer areas.

Previously, a delegation of the Border Guard Command, in association with the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) visited and presented gifts, worth VND 2 billion, to troops of three border guard stations of A Nong, A Xan, Ga Ry and flood-hit people in A Xan commune.

Translated by Lam Anh