Heavy rains to continue lashing Vietnam as another storm looms

As of 1 p.m. on July 22, the tropical depression was about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands), with wind speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour.  The tropical depression, which strengthened from a low-pressure system, is slowly heading west-northwest with constant wind speed. Meanwhile, another low-pressure system in the northeastern part of the East Sea has strengthened into Tropical Storm Roke, the third storm of the season.  As of 1 p.m. on July 22, the storm was about 620 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong (China), with wind speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour. Weather forecasters predict that Roke would make landfall in the southeastern coast of China's Guangdong Province on July 23 afternoon before weakening into a tropical depression. Due to Roke's influence, the tropical depression near Hoang Sa is predicted to move slowly.  However, once the storm weakens, the depression is expected to pass through China's Hainan Island and enter the Gulf of Tonkin, causing heavy rain in Vietnam's northern and central provinces from July 25. The tropical depression also has the potential to strengthen into a storm before making landfall in northern Vietnam, a meteorological expert told VnExpress. It is the fourth tropical depression to develop over the East Sea this year. Two of them later strengthened into storms.  Tropical Storm Talas, the second storm to hit the country, killed at least eight people and damaged buildings and roads across…... [read more]

The direction was made at a meeting held by the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control on July 21. Dung asked authorised agencies to consider opening the second floodgate in Son La Reservoir in the coming days if the situation calls for. The first floodgate was opened on July 19 morning to reduce the reservoir’s water level, which had reached 201.9 metres following heavy rain across the northern region. After discharging water, the water level remained high, about 201.07 metres by 8am on July 21. Dung also tasked the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting to issue more frequent forecasts of rains and flows affecting the reservoirs before 5-10 days so that competent agencies could have enough time to smoothly operate the basin’s reservoirs. The Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development was told to take responsibility for guaranteeing safety for the dyke system and agricultural production activities downstream of the reservoirs, he said. In the meantime, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the country’s largest power company the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) were told to speed up their progress of setting up online meetings with the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control. It aims to help the committee issue prompt directions, he added. Dung also required the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Security to install signs that instruct waterway vehicles to safety downstream. Also at the meeting, Minister of Agricultural and Rural…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Prolonged rains over the past week and resultant flooding have inflicted losses of VND 41 billion (US$1.8 million) in several northern provinces, according to Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. Landslides have partially buried houses in Thom Mo Village, Bac Kan Province, after prolonged heavy rains and flooding in the northern region the past week. — Photo: VNA/VNS  The committee noted that the flooding  has been “mild” since it was just the beginning of the monsoon, however, the consequences, both in economic and human losses, had to be considered seriously because they reflect “a lack of awareness” and dangerous complacency among the public about flood risks, as well as a lack of commitment from village authorities in particular. The flooding has so far claimed 14 lives and 1 person remains missing. 472 houses were wrecked, and nearly 1,500 hectares of rice and 42.6 hectares of other crops were damaged. Multiple landslides have displaced 147,000 cu.m of soil and rock, and 3 bridges and 6 sewage systems have suffered varying levels of damage. Two mountainous provinces, Lai Chau and Ha Giang, have borne the brunt of the rainfall and flooding. Large landslides hit roads Lai Chau Province, paralyzing traffic, damaging 40 public facilities and burying 300 hectares of orchards and fish ponds. More than 100 households were evacuated to higher ground. Ha Giang Province suffered the biggest loss in life, with 10 people dead and 9 injured. The floods wrecked 300 houses and inundated 227 hectares…... [read more]

A serious landslide occurred in Huoi Quang hydropower reservoir area where 2,000 cubic meters of soil buried 70 meters of Highway 279D, completely cut off traffic to the reservoir in Muong La, Son La province. The province has rushed to remove landslide debris to resume traffic in the area and the work is expected to complete on July 17. In related news, after moving in the waters south of the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands, a low pressure zone intensified into tropical low pressure system with wind power reaching level 6-7 travelling 40-60 kilometers an hour yesterday’s late afternoon. At 7 a.m. today, the system was located in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands. In the next 24 hours, the tropical depression will move northwest at 10-15 kilometers an hour. It is forecast to continue strengthening into storm on July 16 and locate 190 kilometers east southeast off Hai Phong-Nghe An coast. Strongest winds near the center of the storm will be in the Gulf of Tonkin.   Being influenced by the tropical depression, the waters in the Hoang Sa Islands have been rough. The middle and southern parts of the East Sea comprising Truong Sa Islands, the waters off provinces from Ninh Thuan to Ca Mau will be choppy with waves measured 2-3 meters high. The sea area from Ca Mau to Kien Giang province will see shower, thunderstorms and possible cyclones and gusts. Medium to heavy rains will drench the northern and north-central regions from July 16-18 with precipitation forecast…... [read more]

A tropical depression occurring in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea early on Saturday is likely to develop into a storm, affecting Vietnam’s north and north-central regions. The low-pressure system, packing winds of up to 60kph, is moving north-west at 10-15kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. By Sunday morning, the tropical depression is forecast to be reach the area south of the Chinese island of Hainan, before continuing to move west-northwest at 15-20kph to the Gulf of Tonkin, where it will potentially form a storm. As of Sunday night, the storm is expected to be some 190km southeast of the Hai Phong – Nghe An coasts, packing winds of up to 75kph, threatening operations of ships in the area. Once strengthening into a storm, the eye wall may bring heavy rains to the entire northern region and the north-central areas, with Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and several northern mountainous provinces most affected. Provinces from Ninh Binh in the northern area to Khanh Hoa in south-central Vietnam have been tasked with closely monitoring the tropical depression development and have anti-flood measures in place. The Vietnamese National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting predicted in April that 13 to 15 storms or tropical depressions will be seen in the East Vietnam Sea in 2017. The country has seen only one storm so far this year.  Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

Over the past years, the State has poured more investment into repairing and upgrading the river and sea embankment systems, helping mitigate the consequences of natural disasters. Every year, a tropical country like Vietnam braces for natural disasters. When the stormy season comes, it develops in a complicated manner. We all know that natural disasters are inevitable phenomena, but better forecast and proper prevention and control measures will help mitigate the human and property losses caused by natural disasters. Overcoming the consequences of typhoon Chanchu, which killed hundreds of Vietnamese fishermen offshore recently, cannot be done overnight, and from now on we should learn lessons from the typhoon. According to the fisheries sector, Vietnamese fishing practices have developed for a long time and all fishermen conduct their activities offshore with traditional experiences, accumulating over many generations. Each lesson of experience is a high price and sometimes costs the lives of those involved. For the fishing industry, each lesson costs fishermen’s lives. The sea is very unpredictable and experienced fishermen cannot predict unexpected situations. Nobody thought that during the calm sea days, a tropical low pressure system was building and suddenly struck central Thanh Hoa province, killing hundreds of local fishermen in Hau Loc district. Nobody thought that the south-eastern region – which is rarely hit by typhoons and tropical low pressures – could unexpectedly be stricken by a powerful typhoon, killing thousands of fishermen. And nobody thought that Chanchu – the first typhoon in the East Sea this year –…... [read more]

As Vietnam is meteorologically located in the Western Pacific region, which is one of the two biggest storm centres in the world, it faces between 5-10 storms and tropical low pressure systems a year. When these storms hit Vietnam, they cause huge losses of human life and damage to property. Even though not many whirlwinds and hailstorms are recorded every year, they cause huge damage worth billions of Vietnam Dong. Natural calamities have proven abnormal in recent years, with many storms changing their direction to hit the central and southern regions instead of the north, as before. Residents in provinces such as Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue have struggled to survive powerful storms and violent floods. In places where local residents rarely face storms, erratic weather conditions can cause huge losses of human life and damage to property. It is worth to note that typhoon Linda swept across the south-western region in 1997, killing more than 3,000 fishermen and sinking over 1,000 fishing vessels. It took the region several years to restore the local fishing industry due to a lack of personnel. Flood in Vietnam's central region To minimise the consequences of natural disasters, it is necessary to make accurate weather forecasts and release early warnings to help communities to prepare for any bad weather. However, these two tasks have not been done well in the past. Vietnam’s forecasting ability remains poor. The historic heavy downpours late last year with rainfalls measuring…... [read more]

On May 3, a low tropical pressure system grew into the storm Chan-hom - the first to occur in the East Sea this year. South-central coastal provinces were on alert to brace themselves for the storm. At the same time, another tropical storm and a low pressure system formed in the Philippine Sea, causing storm Chan-hom to change its course and gain in category status, becoming a severe storm. Luckily, it moved north and northeast and did not hit Vietnam, though it caused torrential rains as it hurtled across the central coast. According to the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre, due to the La Nina phenomenon, Southeast Asia is likely to face between 10 - 12 storms and 4 - 5 low pressure systems this year. Of these, about 6 storms and 3-4 low tropical pressure systems are expected to directly strike Vietnam. Worthy of note is that most of the storms will head to the central and southern coast rather than the north. In addition, it is forecast that the northern, central and southern provinces will see other erratic weather phenomena this year. In fact, the monsoon season have come earlier than usual in the southern region, causing huge losses to agricultural producers, especially to salt farmers in Ca Mau and Bac Lieu provinces. Meanwhile, early torrential rains have flooded hundreds of thousands of hectares of rice and subsidiary crops in the central region. The first heat wave of this year has roasted the north-western, central and southern regions, raising…... [read more]

The North-Eastern provinces will experience scorching hot weather with temperatures reaching from 35-37 degree Celsius. The temperatures in some provinces in this region may even jump to 38-39 degree Celsius. The low pressure system has also heated up in North-Eastern provinces and along the coasline of Central and South Central regions. On May 7, temperatures in Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quy Nhon were all above 36 degree Celsius. The heat wave may end by the middle of this week, after which Northern provinces should cool down a bit. Heavy rains are anticipated in the afternoons and at night with high temperatures of 33-35 degree Celsius. The Central Highland and Southern provinces will be sunny and quite hot for a short spell with temperatures ranging between 24-35 degree Celsius.... [read more]

At 10.00 the depression was positioned at 18.0 degrees north latitude and 109.3 degrees east longitude, about 220km northeast of Quang Tri-Thua Thien-Hue central coast, packing winds of between 50-61kph near its centre. In the next 12 to 24 hours, the depression is forecast to move south at a speed of between 5-10kph and directly affect the southern part of the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf and the areas off the central coast from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai provinces. The low pressure system will bring heavy rains to provinces from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien-Hue and the northern part of the Central Highland region. People living in low-land and mountainous areas have been warned of flash floods and landslides.... [read more]

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