At least 20 dead & missing due to flashflood in northern provinces

Harsh weather is expected to hit all three regions of Vietnam, with heavy rains, thunderstorms, hailstorms and whirlwinds. Flashfloods will also occur in mountainous areas, while torrential rains are likely to hit the Mekong Delta region. The highest temperature is forecast to reach up to 40 degree Celsius in a number of provinces and cities in the central, southern and north-western regions. Meanwhile, the monsoon season has 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. Weather experts attribute such erratic weather conditions to climate change and say it is difficult to forecast exactly when they will occur. They acknowledge that the quality of weather forecasts in Vietnam has yet to improve due to a lack of adequately trained personnel. They say that it will take Vietnam many years to increase the accuracy of weather forecasts from the current rate of 75 percent to 80 percent. However, the hydro-meteorological forecasting centre has exerted every effort to make its bulletins more comprehensive and specific. At present it is able to provide weather forecasts within three days.... [read more]

The Nong Bua Subdistrict Municipality in Mueang district, Kanchanaburi province, is an area that has frequently faced flashfloods caused by heavy rains during the rainy season. In an effort to cope with the problem, the municipality has come up with an operation plan to deal with the problem and evacuate local people in vulnerable areas in case of emergency. It is recognized as a model for effective community management in Thailand. Located along the Khwae Yai river basin, the Nong Bua Subdistrict Municipality covers an area of 8.5 square kilometers and consists of four villages. About 80 percent of local residents are engaged in agriculture, which involves mainly rice, sugar cane, tobacco, maize, and fruit. The operation plan, drawn up by this municipality, is intended to offer guidelines for disaster mitigation by local organizations, at community, district, and provincial levels. The guidelines seek to give warnings to local residents and carry out quick evacuation to save people’s lives and property in case of flashfloods. When the Governor of Kanchanaburi gives a disaster warning, the Mayor of Nong Bua Subdistrict Municipality will disseminate information about the warning through broadcasting towers in various villages under its supervision. The information will also be sent through mobile phones to local government offices, schools, hotels, local leaders, abbots, and other networks. A mobile unit will be sent to vulnerable areas to warn the people, as well. The next step is that selected persons will be responsible for driving people from the risk areas to meeting…... [read more]

Particularly, Quang Ninh, Lang Son, and Cao Bang provinces need to brace for flashfloods and landslides, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. Storm Mujigae, the fourth tropical storm battering the East Sea this year, is predicted to move west northwest in the next 12 hours, about 20km per hour. In the following 12-24 hours, the storm is forecast to move west north and then north northwest at a wind speed of about 10-15km per hour into the mainland, then weakening into a tropical depression By 1pm on October 5, the centre of the tropical depression is predicted to be 23.8 degrees north and 107.9 degrees east in the southern part of China’s Guangxi province. The maximum wind speed is estimated at 40km per hour. Given the forecast, the northern province of Quang Ninh decided to stop temporarily all cruise ships from staying overnight on sea and those carrying passengers to Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays, Van Don and Co To island districts, from October 4. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Hai Phong municipal People’s Committee sent a notice requesting local authorities to promptly inform fishermen about the position movement, and development of the storm, while closely monitoring ships operating at sea. The city’s steering committee for disaster prevention, search and rescue is responsible for setting time for banning vessels from going offshore and halting domestic marine transportation.... [read more]

Speaking at a conference in Hanoi on August 2 to review flood and storm prevention and control work in the first half of this year, Mr Ngo said his committee will keep a close watch on abnormal weather changes to release timely warnings to sectors and people. The committee will also co-ordinate closely with ministries, sectors and localities to deal with any circumstances to minimise the consequences of natural disasters. According to the committee’s report, this year’s typhoons came much earlier than in previous years. Two typhoons and two tropical low pressure systems badly affected Vietnam in early July. Although they did not hit Vietnam directly, they still caused great human and property losses for fishermen living along the central coastal region, and those in the northern mountainous region. The first typhoon (Chanchu) left 13 fishing vessels sinking and five others missing, while the second typhoon caused heavy downpours and flashfloods in Lang Son, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang and Lai Chau provinces. Whirlwinds also swept through many localities, causing human and property losses. By July, whirlwinds, hailstorms and lightening had left 25 dead and 45 injured; many houses damaged and many hectares of rice and subsidiary crops submerged or destroyed. In his address, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung asked the Ministry of Finance to increase budget allocations for information dissemination, purchasing of rescue equipment, and dyke reinforcement. He asked the committee and other ministries and agencies to draw experiences from the previous typhoons to increase…... [read more]

A large area of rice crops, subsidiary crops and fish and prawn ponds has been flooded. In the central region, the Central Highlands, and some southern provinces, more than 35,200 ha of rice, 6,850 ha of subsidiary crop, and 1,650 ha of fish and prawn farming areas were damaged. As many as 6,930 houses were inundated, 2,000 more than initial figures suggested. Local authorities said total losses for central and Central Highlands provinces might exceed VND125 billion and called for intensified measures to prevent floods, flashfloods, and landslides, as well as evacuating people to safer areas. On August 17, heavy rain caused a serious landslide on National Highway 28 at Quang Khe Pass, after a hill collapsed into an abyss. The province has temporarily banned vehicles from the area. In the southern province of Binh Thuan, three people including a two- year old child were carried away by flood waters on the morning of August 17. To date, eight people have been reported dead in Binh Thuan’s Tanh Linh district. The Binh Thuan Provincial Committee for Flood and Storm Control has asked the Government to provide VND14.5 billion to help local people buy rice seeds and repair roads. In the southern province of Dong Nai, rising waters have inundated many areas, especially the riverside areas in Tan Phu, Dinh Quan and Vinh Cuu districts. As many as 1,500 houses, more than 1,735 hectares of subsidiary crops and plants and around 640 hectares of fishing ponds were submerged. By the afternoon…... [read more]

Typhoon Nock-Ten left three dead: a couple and an elderly man. A powerful typhoon left three dead and threatened to bring heavy rains and winds to the heavily-populated Philippine capital as it dragged its way across the archipelago on Monday, spoiling the Christmas holidays. Typhoon Nock-Ten, which made landfall on the eastern island province of Catanduanes on Sunday, is forecast to move westward towards the country's heartland, packing winds of 215 kilometres (134 miles) per hour. A couple were reported killed by a flood while an elderly man was crushed by a falling wall, governor of the storm-ravaged eastern province of Albay Al Bichara said on local television. More than 383,000 people have fled their homes while over 80 domestic and international flights have been cancelled, the civil defense office said, as the unusually late typhoon marred Christmas celebrations in the largely Christian nation. The government weather station said Nock-Ten is moving northwest at 20 kilometres per hour and is expected to affect Manila and the surrounding area later in the day. The bustling metropolis of about 13 million was eerily quiet the day after Christmas with the usual holiday revellers staying indoors as the storm approached. The civil defense office said the capital could suffer "heavy to intense rains, flashfloods and severe winds," with rescue boats ready to be deployed in case rivers overflow. "Our local disaster councils are on red alert. We have pre-positioned relief supplies and rescue and (road) clearing equipment in Metro Manila," said Mina Marasigan,…... [read more]

Check out what is in the news today, December 14 Check out what is in the news today, December 14 Politics -- State-owned Vietnam Post made a statement on Tuesday afternoon to adamantly oppose its Chinese counterpart’s issue of stamps and other publications in late October which blatantly claim five lighthouses on Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago as their own, and demand the publication be annulled. -- At a Tuesday seminar in Hanoi, delegates, including foreign scholars, discussed problems faced by Vietnamese and expat intelligentsia with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his deputy Vuong Dinh Hue. Society -- Passengers on a Vietnam Airlines flight on Tuesday were scared out of their wits when the pilot failed to land the plane in Cam Ranh Airport in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa several times due to foul weather. -- The downpours and flooding in the past two days have ground trains through a pass in Nha Trang, a beach city in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, to a standstill, and inundated several inner-city streets and local homes as of Tuesday. -- The U.K. and Australia embassies on Tuesday put into operation a visa center in the central city of Da Nang. -- Rivers in the central region from Thua Thien-Hue to Ninh Thuan provinces will undergo another major flood and flashfloods in the next two days, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting has said. -- The road and railway traffic police have proposed to the Hanoi Department of Public…... [read more]

Continuous floods have ravaged many localities in central Vietnam, especially Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai provinces. Continuous floods have ravaged many localities in central Vietnam, especially Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai provinces. According to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, rainfalls of between 100 and 250 millimeters have showered the provinces from Thua Thien- Hue in the north-central part to Binh Dinh in the south-central region. The downpours have caused water level of local rivers to rise, with weather experts warning of severe inundation in Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai. Flashflood and landslide are also likely to occur in the area. Tran Chau, vice-chairman of the Binh Dinh People’s Committee, said on Tuesday evening that the province has been hit with three floods since early November, adding that such phenomenon was unprecedented. “We have to figure out measures to deal with the new flood while damages caused by previous ones have yet to be resolved,” Chau elaborated. By Tuesday afternoon, floodwater up to 0.5 meters high has submerged nearly 1,000 houses in Binh Dinh’s Tuy Phuoc District and affected the husbandry and agricultural activities in the area. Several communes in the district were isolated in the evening of the same day as many streets were seriously inundated, said Nguyen Dinh Thuan, chairman of Tuy Phuoc administration. An 11-year-old schoolgirl, who was washed away and drowned by flood water, has become the first victim to die from the new wave of flooding, and the tenth since the beginning of November, Thuan…... [read more]

Viet Nam News KON TUM - Prolonged heavy rainfall and impact of the strong cold air over the week have caused serious landslides paralysing the Trường Sơn Đông route through the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Kon Tum, authority has said. This is the third time during the rainy season that the route suffered landslides, with over 25,000 tonnes of rock falling down, causing difficulties for road users, according to the provincial People's Committee. The rocks and trees drifting from upstream had damaged the barriers and avalanches had occurred intermittently, due to which residents in Ngọc Tem Commune were completely isolated. Đặng Thanh Nam, deputy chairman of the People's Committee of Kon Plong District, said local authorities were coordinating with the road management board to repair the damage. It was expected that the landslide route would be cleared today, said Nam. Measures to actively prevent disasters and deal with the aftermath of heavy rainfall were also being strengthened, according to Nam. Locals were advised not to walk around areas affected by landslides. Families at a high risk of flashfloods and landslides would be removed to safer areas, he said. - VNS... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has asked localities in central coastal regions to take measures to minimise losses caused by on-going floods. He made the request at an online conference reviewing flood prevention and tackling the aftermath of flooding in 18 coastal provinces and cities in the Central and Central Highlands regions, held in Hà Nội yesterday. Dũng, also head of the National Committee for Search and Rescue, ordered central cities and provinces from Nghệ An to Bình Thuận to support families who had casualties in floods and continue to search for the missing. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) was asked to evaluate the impacts of the floods on hydropower reservoirs and irrigation systems. The MARD was directed to co-ordinate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to enhance inspections and management of flood discharges from reservoirs. The Deputy PM urged the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) to co-operate with the MoIT to develop the monitoring, forecasting and warning systems, and install equipment at hydro meteorological stations, especially in flood and landslide-prone areas. Co-ordinated mechanisms between local authorities and owners of reservoirs were also needed to ensure safety for reservoirs. Those who did not obey regulations related to reservoir operation should be punished. Dũng asked localities and ministries to speed up communication to raise capacity for authorised officials who work in search and rescue as well as the community's responsibility in natural disaster response. The MARD was…... [read more]

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