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Another storm heading toward central Vietnam, casualties expected to keep rising

October 20, 2020 | 15:05

Vietnam’s central region is forecasted to experience another storm, Saudel, which is moving into the Bien Dong Sea (South China Sea) towards the central coast.

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Rain water inundates a street section in Da Nang city. Photo: VOV

At 07.00am October 20, Saudel was located at approximately 330km east of Luzon island of the Philippines, with winds gusting up to 75kph near its eye.

In the next 24 to 48 hours the storm is travelling west and north-west at a speed of 20kph and is likely to gain strength.

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Another strong tropical storm is heading towards Vietnam's central coast. Photo: nchmf.gov.vn

The storm is anticipated to head towards central Vietnam from October 24 to 26, according to the National Centre of Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Storms Noul and Nangka subsequently slammed into central Vietnam two weeks ago, bringing heavy rain to the region. Heavy downpours triggered flashfloods and landslides, leaving at least 102 dead and dozens missing (October 19 update). Casualties are expected to keep rising as floodwaters are yet to recede, VoV said.

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People in Huong Toan Commune, Thua Thien-Hue Province, row boats on their flooded streets to receive instant noodles and other relief supplies. Photo: VnExpress

Heavy rain will fall again in the central region, and weather forecasters have warned about possible flashfloods and landslides in coastal, low-lying and mountainous areas.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control says the three provinces with the highest loss of lives are Quang Tri with 48 people, Thua Thien-Hue with 27 and Quang Nam with 11.

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The heavy downpours are likely to continue until October 21. Photo: VnExpress

As of 4 p.m. October 19, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces had 166,780 households submerged in floodwaters, and 28,900 households with 90,900 residents had been evacuated, VnExpress reported.

According to the National Centre of Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, the heavy downpours are likely to continue until October 21.

Natural disasters, mostly floods and landslides triggered by storms, killed 132 people and injured 207 in Vietnam last year./.

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