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New storm to enter Bien Dong Sea, may slam into central Vietnam

October 30, 2020 | 08:03

A new storm named Goni is forecast to enter the Bien Dong Sea (South China Sea) in the morning of November 1, and head towards Vietnam’s central region.

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Storm Molave made landfall over central Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces on October 28 morning, causing torrential downpours, strong winds, and landslides. Photo: Vietnamnet

Following Molave, a new storm named Goni is forecast to enter the Bien Dong Sea (South China Sea) in the morning of November 1, and head towards Vietnam’s central region.

Formed from a tropical depression near the Philippines, Goni is predicted to continue gaining strength after entering the Bien Dong Sea, and likely to affect the central region next week, according to Hoang Phuc Lam, Deputy Director of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorology and Forecasting.

The weather condition would be complex due to the meeting of the storm and a cold spell, he continued.

International weather forecasting agencies said Goni’s path would be similar to that of Molave – the ninth of this year and the fourth within a tumultuous month, following Linfa, Nangka and Saudel.

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A primary school in Quang Ngai province has its roof blown away by Storm Molave. Photo: VnExpress

Storm Molave made landfall over central Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces on October 28 morning, causing torrential downpours, strong winds, and landslides.

At least 26 fishermen went missing after two fishing boats from the south-central province of Binh Dinh province sank as Molave ravaged the region.

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Naval ships have been dispatched to find the missing fishermen. Photo: VnExpress

In the Central Highlands of Kon Tum, a bridge was swept away, leaving 115 households isolated.

Notably, before blowing away from Vietnam, Molave set off three landslides in Nam Tra Mi and Phuoc Son districts, central Quang Nam province. At least 19 people were killed and dozens of others remained missing.

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Police officers, soldiers and local residents in Nam Tra My district, Quang Nam province cooperate to find survivors of a landslide in Tra Leng commune, October 29, 2020. Photo: VnExpress

The central region, including Quang Nam, was hit by prolonged heavy rains, historic flooding and deadly landslides for three weeks from October 6 that caused at least 130 deaths.

The flooding left 290,000 houses submerged and large swathes of agricultural land inundated, killed livestock and caused damage the government said was "the worst in the last five years."/.

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