Rain caused by a tropical depression, having been downgraded from storm Toraji, flooded many streets in south-central Vietnam on Sunday, with more rainfall and strong winds still in the forecast.
From 6:00 am to 9:00 am, it rained heavily in Nha Trang, the capital city of Khanh Hoa Province, rainfall reaching 235 cm, according to Le Xuan Thai, deputy chief of the Khanh Hoa irrigation division.
“It rained so hard that the drainage system in Nha Trang failed to work properly, so many streets got flooded,” Thai said.
Such downtown streets as Nguyen Thien Thuat, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ngo Thoi Nhiem, and Tran Phu were submerged by rainwater.
Rain caused trouble for commuters as many had to bypass the streets or had their bikes break down.
North of Nha Trang, 2 Thang 4, Dien Bien Phu, and Mai Xuan Thuong were heavily inundated.
2 Thang 4 Street is the entrance to the city center but some of its sections were almost half a meter under water.
Rain, strong winds, and thunder are all in the forecast in Khanh Hoa until the end of Sunday, the south-central bureau of the national weather service said.
A tropical depression forming off southern Vietnam strengthened into a storm on Saturday evening before being downgraded on Sunday morning.
The storm, named Toraji, developed at around 6:00 pm yesterday, packing winds at 60 to 75km per hour and gusts at up to 100km an hour, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
It was the eighth storm to have hit the Southeast Asian country since the beginning of the year.
Toraji then weakened into a tropical depression on early Sunday morning and was located about 130 kilometers southeast of the south-central province of Ninh Thuan as of 4:00 am.
In the next 12 to 24 hours, the tropical depression will travel southwest and be downgraded to a low-pressure zone.
Rain is expected to dampen localities in the south-central region, Central Highlands, and southern region on Sunday due to the effect of the low-pressure system.
Rough seas and waves as high as two to four meters will occur in the maritime area from Ninh Thuan to Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provinces during the period.
Floods will occur in rivers across south-central Vietnam on Sunday and Monday, entailing risks of landslides, flashfloods, and inundation in some areas.
|Rain in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, November 18, 2018|