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29,000 ships find shelter

Released at: 10:28, 15/09/2015

29,000 ships find shelter

Ships return to port after storms lash central Vietnam.

by Minh Tuyet

More than 29,000 ships with 124,747 people on board had returned to port as at 10pm on September 13 after being informed of storms hitting central Vietnam, according to the Department of Disaster Control in the central region.

Eighteen ships with 144 on board headed for safety in the Paracel Islands, 4,694 with 33,685 on board found shelter in other offshore islands, and 24,300 with 90,918 on board returned to the mainland.

Water levels in rivers in central Quang Binh province have been rising, the department said. Other rivers in the region have only risen slightly. By 1am on September 14, water levels on the Gianh River in Quang Binh’s Tuyen Hoa district were 1.65 meters and 5.6 meters, respectively.

Most reservoirs in central highland provinces such as Gia Lai and Dak Lak are reported to be at normal levels, with capacity at 60 to 90 per cent. Some, however, are now at extremely high levels, such as Hrung in Gia Lai province, with 98 per cent and Buon Yong, Ea Soup Ha, and Ya ChLoi in Dak Lak province with 101, 106 and 100 per cent, respectively.

Reservoirs in other central and central highland provinces are said to be at low capacity, from 20 to 60 per cent. Only a few are nearly full, such as An Long in Quang Nam province and Suoi Lon in Khanh Hoa province.

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