Heavy rains wreak havoc up and down Vietnam, more rains forecast from August 8-14

Heavy rains in the north and the south have caused a great deal of damage over the past days. 
August 08, 2020 | 07:47
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Rains cause inundation in some places in northern port city of Hai Phong. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam’s northern region is predicted to have sunshine during daytime, but showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening in some places from August 8-11, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

On August 10-11, the northern delta and mid-land areas are forecast to face hot weather, the centre said.

Widespread heavy rains would strike the north from August 12-14, it said, warning of flooding and landslides in the region, especially provinces like Lai Chau, Son La, Hoa Binh, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Tuyen Quang and Bac Kan.

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Landslide in Lao Cai province. Photo: Lao dong (Labour)

Meanwhile, low-lying areas in Hanoi, Phu Tho, Yen Bai, Thai Nguyen, Bac Giang, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh may face inundation.

Meanwhile, central provinces will suffer from hot weather from August 9-12. There will be rains and thunderstorms in some places from August 8-14, the centre forecasted.

Thundery rains are also expected to lash Central Highlands and southern regions from August 8-14.

Heavy rains wreak havoc up and down nation

Heavy rains in the north and the south have caused a great deal of damage, according to the National Steering Committee of Natural Disaster Prevention.

A downpour on August 6 caused a landslide that killed two people in Bat Xat district of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, Vietnam News reported.

The heavy rain also caused serious damage to 21 houses and destroyed 48ha rice and other crops.

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Several roads in Dien Bien are submerged. Photo: VNA

In the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien, several roads and houses were submerged by heavy rains on August 5-6 which also caused flash floods and landslides.

According to initial statistics, Dien Bien district was seriously affected by heavy rain which damaged six houses, collapsed 500m of walls of schools and cultural houses, destroyed 18ha of rice and 25ha of aquaculture and killed 2,300 poultry.

Losses were estimated at VND 6 billion (USD 260,000).

The Border Guard of Dien Bien province directed the on-site forces and the border unit of Tay Trang International Border Gate to send 32 officers and soldiers to the affected areas to help move people to safety.

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Several roads in Yen Bai are flooded. Photo: Thanh nien (Youth)

Tran Yen district of Yen Bai province was badly affected by heavy rain from late August 5 night, causing damage to 20 houses and 8.6ha of rice, with several roads flooded and some communes isolated.

Heavy rain caused cracks on dykes of the Red River in the northern province of Hung Yen.

Meanwhile, thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds in Phu Tan district of southern Ca Mau province collapsed one house and unroofed four.

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Prolonged heavy rain submerge several roads in HCM City. (Photo: Zing)

On August 6 evening, prolonged heavy rain submerged several roads in HCM City. The worst flooded area was Binh Thanh district.

Facing widespread flooding, the city’s Flood Control Centre mobilised more than 500 workers to drain the flooded roads, remove trash and open manholes for faster drainage.

The workers used a large-capacity pump system to support flooded areas and worked with the Fire Department to drain flooded basements.

To cope with heavy rains and overcome the consequences of natural disasters, the National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention asked its sub-committees and local governments to set up measures to respond to rain, floods and landslides.

Provinces and cities must focus on overcoming consequences of natural disasters to re-stabilise people's lives.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting was told to provide prompt forecast reports./.

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