Storm Nangka weakens into tropical depression, flood death toll hits 36
|Rain with strong wind as an impact of storm Nangka hit the coast of Thanh Hoa Province in the morning of October 14, 2020. Photo: Tien Phong|
Storm Nangka devolved into a tropical depression on October 14 afternoon after hitting the coast from Thai Binh to Thanh Hoa provinces, forcing the evacuation of over 15,000 residents.
The storm is predicted to weakens further into a low pressure zone over Laos early October 15, with wind speed of only 40 kph, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting.
Due to the impacts of the storm, northern and north-central Vietnam were battered by heavy rains between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on October 14, with Phu Tho, Quang Ninh, and Thanh Hoa receiving rainfall ranging from 53 to 60 mm.
|Houses in the central province of Quang Binh are fully under water except for their roofs. Photo: VnExpress|
The northern delta and provinces like Hoa Binh, Son La, Phu Tho, and Yen Bai, along with Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh on the north-central coast are likely to get rainfall of up to 400 mm a day from October 14-16. Rainfall of 180 mm a day is considered heavy.
Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, and Ha Tinh have ordered the evacuation of fishing boats, fish cages and watch towers to safer areas and banned vessels from going out to sea, VnExpress reported.
The provinces as well as the northern port city Hai Phong and Quang Ninh province, home to world famous Ha Long Bay, Nam Dinh, and Ninh Binh have closed all beaches.
|Strong winds and high sea waves in Do Son district, Hai Phong city, cause damage to coastal embankments. Photo: VoV|
Localities like Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, and Nghe An have evacuated over 150,000 residents from storm-hit areas.
Nangka, formed on October 12, is the seventh storm to form over the South China Sea (Bien Dong Sea) this year.
36 dead, 12 missing in central Vietnam floods
|With most streets flooded, residents in Hue in central Vietnam travel by boats, October 11, 2020. Photo: VnExpress|
Severe flooding and landslides triggered by torrential rains in the central region have claimed 36 lives and left 22 injured and 12 others missing, according to Standing Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.
In addition, heavy rainfall destroyed 541 houses, submerged more than 160,784 others, and 4,000 hectares of crops, and damaged several roads and bridges, the committee said.
|Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh on October 13 visited residents in Le Thuy and Quang Ninh districts, the central province of Quang Binh, which were hard hit by severe floods in recent days. Photo: VNA|
October 13, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh visited residents in the central province of Quang Binh, which were hard hit by floods in recent days, VoV said.
The same day, the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) stated that the second batch of relief goods has been delivered to four central provinces – Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam – worth a total VND1.4 billion ($60,407).
|Police of Quang Binh province deliver supplies to flood-hit residents in Son Thuy commune of Le Thuy district, Quang Binh province. Photo: VNA|
Earlier, the first batch of relief goods worth nearly VND500 million was sent to Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Quang Nam provinces.
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