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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

>>> PM urges urgent measures against severe floods, torrential rains in central region

According to the national weather service, due to the influence of a tropical convergence passing through the Central Coast combined with an ongoing cold spell, heavy rains may intensify over the next few days.

The central region has already been hit by heavy rains in recent days, with heavy rainfall of over 300mm being reported in some places today (Oct 9), such as Hai Lam (Quang Tri) at 330mm and Phong Dien (Thua Thien Hue) at 315mm.

It is forecast that later today and tomorrow, heavy rains may appear in provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai with average rainfall of 100-250mm, even over 300mm in some places.

Large-scale flooding in low-lying and urban areas in the provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Nam will continue to occur, with a high risk of landslides in mountainous areas from Ha Tinh to Quang Nam.

Meanwhile, a new low pressure area has formed off the central region’s coastline and is expected to strengthen in the next few days.

At 1 pm this afternoon, the location of the low pressure area was about 360 km from Song Tu Tay Island to the northeast. It is forecast that over the next 24 hours, the low pressure area will move mainly to the northwest at about 10 km per hour and is likely to become a tropical depression.

In order to proactively respond to natural disasters in the coming days, the Standing Office of the National Steering Committees for Natural Disaster Response and Search and Rescue on October 9 sent an urgent dispatch to coastal provinces and cities from Quang Ninh to Binh Thuan and the Central Highlands, as well as the relevant ministries and agencies, urging immediate measures to deal with the new developments.

Heavy rains cause a landslide on a route in the mountainous district of A Luoi in Thua Thien Hue province. (Photo: NDO/Cong Hau)

A day earlier, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Response held a meeting with authorities in provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai, discussing response measures to local floods, flash floods and landslides. The Steering Committee recommended localities have plans to ensure safety for production and reservoirs, while staying updated on the flooding situation in the area.

On the same day, a working group from the Steering Committee worked with Quang Ngai province, during which they requested the locality strictly implement a sea ban that has been in place since October 7, while ensuring the safety of ships and boats at anchor and being ready to relocate local people to a safe place if needed.

Due to the large amount of water flowing into the Ho Ho hydropower reservoir in Ha Tinh province, from 20:00 on October 7, the hydropower plant discharged flood waters from its reservoir. Heavy rains, along with the discharge of the Ho Ho hydropower reservoir, caused local flooding in some areas of Huong Khe district. The district decided to let 23,000 students leave school from October 9.

On the morning of October 8, Quy Nhon Port Border Gate’s Border Guard Station in Binh Dinh Province rescued 11 fishermen aboard a fishing vessel coded BĐ 97055 TS, which had got into difficulty at Quy Nhon seaport.

Functional forces in Cam Lo district, Quang Tri province evacuate the elderly and children out of flooded areas. (Photo: NDO)

Over the past few days, Quang Nam province suffered from heavy rain exceeding 500mm in some places, forcing local authorities to evacuate 13 households at risk of landslide in Lang commune and six households at the foot of the Vo Chi Cong High School in Axan commune, both in Tay Giang district.

Da Nang city has requested localities in the city have plans to evacuate residents from areas at risk of landslide and flooding, while organising the forces and means to respond to any situation. In addition, the city has allowed students in Hoa Vang, Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Son Tra, Ngu Hanh Son, Lien Chieu and Cam Le districts stay off school on October 8. Currently, in Hoa Lien commune, Hoa Vang district, over 100 households are cut off by heavy rain and flooding, many roads having collapsed, causing traffic jams.

This morning, many parts of the central region are still inundated, while the water levels in some local rivers are still rising, causing property damage. Five people have died and eight others are missing due to the current spate of flooding.

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