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Vietnam's extreme weather: killing floods as heavy rains pound mountainous province

07:39 | 17/08/2020

A ten-year-old boy was killed by floods in the northern mountainous province of Son La as heavy rains continue pounding the locality.

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The heavy rains triggered landslides, causing traffic congestions in many routes in Son La. Photo: VNA

A ten-year-old boy was killed by floods in the northern mountainous province of Son La as heavy rains continue pounding the locality.

Lu A Tang in Keo Lom hamlet, Chieng Lieng commune, Mai Son district was swept away by floods on August 15, and his body was found one day later.

Torrential rains battered the province over the past two days, especially certain communes in Sop Cop, Van Ho, Muong La, Mai Son and Thuan Chau districts.

The heavy rains triggered landslides, causing traffic congestions in many routes in Son La, and affected houses of five families in Thuan Chau district, and more than 9ha of crops in Phieng Cam commune, Mai Son district.

In the next six hours, the northwestern region is expected to experience more rains with rainfall from 30-40mm, even reaching 100mm in some places.

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Widespread rains to hit the north in the coming days. Photo: Vietnamnet

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, torrential rains will pummel northern midland and mountainous regions until August 20, with common rain fall from 100-300mm.

Notably, the rainfall in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh would be 350-500mm, even 600mm.

The rainfall in other localities is expected to hit 100-150mm.

The centre also warned of flash floods, landslides and inundation in such provinces as Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An.

Central Highlands and southern localities are also forecast to experience rains in the coming days. /.

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