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​​Tropical depression causes rain, flooding in central Vietnam

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:48 GMT+7

A tropical depression has made landfall in north-central Vietnam and is forecast to produce heavy downpours.

The low-pressure system reached the area between Ha Tinh and Quang Binh Provinces on Tuesday morning, packing winds of 40 to 50km per hour with squalls of up to 74km an hour.

The system is predicted to travel northwest in the next 12 hours at an average velocity of 25km an hour before reaching Laos.

Under the influence of the tropical depression, seas in the Gulf of Tonkin and between Thanh Hoa and Quang Tri Provinces will experience strong winds and waves of between two and four meters high.

A landslide in Vu Quang District, Ha Tinh Province on October 10, 2017.
A landslide in Vu Quang District, Ha Tinh Province on October 10, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Areas of north-central Vietnam are expected to experience rainfall of between 100 and 250 millimeters on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Downpours are also forecast in several provinces of northern Vietnam.

From Tuesday the water levels of rivers in the provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Ngai will rise quickly, posing a high risk of flash flooding and landslides in mountainous areas and inundation in several locations.

Flooding in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh Province.
Flooding in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre

During a meeting on Monday evening, Hoang Van Thang, deputy head of the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, requested analysis from forecast centers and ensured careful preparations were made in the affected areas.

About 10 Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar and Vasco flights were canceled on Monday.

The latest reports reveal that several areas in Ha Tinh Province and in Vinh City, located in Nghe An Province, have been severely inundated by prolonged downpours.

Flooding in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh Province.
Flooding in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Inundation in Vinh City, Nghe An Province on October 10, 2017.
Inundation in Vinh City, Nghe An Province on October 10, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Inundation in Vinh City, Nghe An Province on October 10, 2017.
Inundation in Vinh City, Nghe An Province on October 10, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vehicles break down in floodwater in Vinh City.
Vehicles break down in floodwater in Vinh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vehicles break down in floodwater in Vinh City.
Vehicles break down in floodwater in Vinh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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