Heavy rains to continue pounding Vietnam as another storm looms

A tropical depression has strengthened into a storm brewing over the South China Sea (which Vietnam calls the East Sea) and is forecast to cause heavy rains in Vietnam's northern and central provinces on Tuesday. According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), as of 1 p.m. on Sunday, the storm was around 140 kilometers (87 miles) southeast of China's Hainan Island, with gusts of wind blowing up to 75 kilometers per hour. The storm is expected to be 210 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Vietnamese coasts on Tuesday afternoon, causing heavy rains from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien Hue provinces on that day. The storm, named Sonca, is the fourth to develop over the East Sea this year. Tropical Storm Talas, the second storm to hit Vietnam, killed at least eight people and damaged buildings and roads across northern and central Vietnam after making landfall last Monday. Weather forecasters in Vietnam are predicting a particularly stormy typhoon season this year, with 13-15 typhoons and tropical depressions expected to develop over the East Sea. Three to four are likely to make landfall in central Vietnam. Last year, 10 typhoons and tropical depressions developed over the East Sea, four of which hit Vietnam's mainland.... [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]

NDO – In the face of complications caused by the flooding in recent days, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung chaired an urgent meeting of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control in Hanoi on July 21, to review water regulations and the management of inter-reservoirs in the Red River basin. According to report from the steering committee, in an attempt to combat the complicated evolution of flooding in recent days, the inter-reservoir operation process in the Red River basin has been commenced, as Son La and Hoa Binh hydropower plants began discharging water. Following the discharge, Hoa Binh reservoir’s water level, as of 6pm July 18, was at 106.19 m and at 5pm on July 20 was at 106.20 m (almost unchanged), 5.20 m above the permitted water level. While in Son La reservoir, the water level at 6pm on July 19 was 201.90 m and at 5pm on July 20 at 201.18 m (down 0.72 m), 3.88 m higher than the permissible level. After more than two days of discharging, the water level in Son La reservoir reduced slowly by 0.5 m/day, while the water level in Hoa Binh reservoir is almost unchanged due to the large volume of water running into the reservoir, equivalent to the total discharge. On the first day as the reservoirs began regulating water, water levels downstream of the Red River and Thai Binh River changed slowly. The implementation of water regulations in recent days is assessed…... [read more]

Statistics showed that thousands of houses, hundreds of fishing vessels and cargo ships were destroyed by big wave and powerful wind.  The local authority in collaboration with functional forces helped people and fishermen to quickly overcome consequences and serious damage after the natural disaster.  Although the typhoon weakened into a low tropical- pressure system in Laos, its circulation continues causing heavy rain in the north and north- central region.  According to the National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center, total rainfall in the provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien- Hue reached at 70- 150 mm, at 150- 300 mm in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh within recent two days.  The highest rainfall in Ha Tinh city and Hoang Son, Ba Don township of Quang Binh province was up to 311- 323 mm.  The National Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and National Committee for Search and Rescue of Ha Tinh province reported that typhoon Talas caused serious property damage; in particularly, heavy rain and powerful wind destroyed 45 kiosks, 45 houses, four schools, 3,026 hectares of rice crops, 1,083 vegetable hectares, 8.5 hectares of fruit gardens, 220 hectares of perennial and hundreds of trees. Additionally, four local fishing vessels were sunk by big wave and strong wind.  The National Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and National Committee for Search and Rescue of Nghe An province said that the bad weather killed one people; caused 35 houses in danger of collapse; blew up…... [read more]

NDO – The Prime Minister issued a telegraph on July 17 calling on ministries, sectors and the relevant localities to take urgent measures to overcome the consequences of tropical storm Talas, which hit the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh on Monday. >>> Storm Talas weakens after sweeping through Central Vietnam Accordingly, the PM requested that the National Committee for Search and Rescue (NCSR), in collaboration with the Transport Ministry, the Nghe An provincial People’s Committee and relevant agencies, continues to deploy vehicles and forces to search for and salvage the remaining crew members of the missing ship, VTB26. He urged the provincial-level People’s Committees to provide timely support for all families damaged by the storm, to focus on caring for the injured people, while supporting the families with fatalities and helping the people to bring normality back to their lives. They were also asked to proactively evacuate residents from areas at high risk of flash floods, landslides and inundation, to closely monitor the developments of floods, to proactively operate reservoirs and to take measures to ensure the safety of dikes and dams. The Government leader also urged for a concentrated effort on fixing any damaged infrastructure facilities, particularly transport, information, power and irrigation works; to take water drainage and anti-flooding measures to protect crops; and mobilise forces to assist the people in repairing houses and cleaning up the environment after the storm. According to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre, after landing in Nghe An and Ha Tinh…... [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]

Tropical storm Talas has been forecast to enter the north-central region of Vietnam tonight, bringing about heavy rain, strong wind, and high risk of flood and landslide. The tropical depression, which formed in the East Vietnam Sea on Saturday, has developed into a typhoon later the same day and is expected to hit the north-central provinces of Nghe An and Thanh Hoa on Monday early morning. According to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, storm Talas was located 200 kilometers southeast of China’s Hainan Island as of Saturday night, packing winds at 60 to 75km per hour and squalls at up to 102km per hour. The typhoon was traveling northwestward at a velocity of 15 to 20 km and picking up in strength. It is forecast to be around 230 kilometers east of the north-central Vietnamese coastline on Sunday evening, maintaining its westward journey, and reach the mainland on Monday morning. After making landfall, the tropical storm will weaken into a tropical depression and later a low-pressure area, causing downpours and strong winds to the northern and north-central region. Highest rainfall is will be recorded at 250 to 300 millimeters in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An Provinces. Hoang Van Thang, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and vice-chairman of Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, chairs an online meeting to prepare for the storm on July 16, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre Water level of major…... [read more]

Thang, who is also permanent deputy head of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, asked ministries, agencies and localities to closely watch the movement of the storm and alert vessels to seek shelters or sail out of dangerous areas.  Photo for illustration: vietnamnet.vn The storm is likely to make landfall from the central province of Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh on the July 16 evening and July 17 morning, causing downpour in the north and north central regions. The provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh were urged to evacuate residents to higher places and ensure the safety of wharves and tourist areas before 5pm on July 16. The media must update the latest movement of the storm and popularize skills to respond to the storm as guided by the committee. According to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre, the storm was located nearly 370km east-southeast of Thanh Hoa - Ha Tinh waters at 10am on July 16, with wind speed reaching 75-90km per hour. In the next 12-24 hours, it will be moving north-northwest at a speed of around 20km per hour. By 10 pm on July 16, the storm will stay in the waters of Thanh Hoa and Ha Tinh provinces. In the next 24-48 hours, the storm will continue moving in the north-northwest direction at a speed of 15-20km per hour, hitting the mainland of the two central provinces and weakening…... [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]

The floodwater rapidly raised and poured to the Tuyen Quang Hydropower Plant with the volume of 2,100 meters cubic a seconds, higher than the volume of water discharge of the reservoir.   In order to ensure reservoir safety, the plant decided to open its two doors yesterday, and suggested opening more sluice gates of Tuyen Quang Hydropower Reservoir to control and balance the stream flow as well as protect  reservoir and downstream river.   Chief of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Van Phu Chinh said that both the northwestern and northeastern region will continue suffering long- lasting rain, flashflood and landslide.   The National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center added that heavy rain experienced on the large scale with its peak rainfall of 120- 138 mm. Medium- heavy rains are predicted to hit both the Southern and Central Highlands region by July 16.   The National Steering Committee on Climate Change & Natural Disaster and Ministry of Public Security asked local authorities in collaboration with functional agencies northern mountain province to adopt measures dealing with the current bad weather. Accordingly, the localities need to eye the current weather condition, collaborate with the functional forces and authorities to check dangerous areas and take people to safe places.   On the same day, the Red Cross Society of Vietnam supported nearly VND 150 million for the affected families in Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien and Thai Nguyen.   By 4pm yesterday, around 238 houses in…... [read more]

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