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​Torrential rains to continue dampening northern Vietnam this week

Monday, July 23, 2018, 16:02 GMT+7
​Torrential rains to continue dampening northern Vietnam this week
A street is flooded due to torrential rains in Hanoi on July 21, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Northern Vietnam and some central provinces are expected to be dampened by heavy downpours this week, posing high risks of flooding and mudslides.

Torrential rains have been forecast to hit the regions from July 23 to 29, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported, adding that it will rain mainly in the evening and at night, accompanied by strong gusts.

In northern localities, flood will start after Tuesday, while landslides are likely to happen in mountainous areas.

The region was previously impacted by floods triggered by heavy rains after tropical storm Son Tinh made landfall on Thursday last week.

People travel on flooded Luong The Vinh Street in Hanoi on July 21, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
People travel on flooded Luong The Vinh Street in Hanoi on July 21, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

About 20 people were killed and 16 others were left missing, while thousands of houses were damaged and inundated.

Hanoi was also flooded and lashed by torrential rains. 

An intertropical convergence zone, which formed in the northern part of the East Vietnam Sea in mid-July, has caused heavy downpours in northern and central provinces in the past weeks, news website VnExpress quoted Hoang Phuc Lam, an official from the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, as saying.

Low-pressure systems are likely to form along the convergence zone and can develop into tropical depressions and typhoons under favorable conditions, Lam continued.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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