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Storm Nakri weakens; torrential rain to remain in central, southern Vietnam

Monday, November 11, 2019, 10:57 GMT+7
Storm Nakri weakens; torrential rain to remain in central, southern Vietnam
A satellite image of the tropical depression which devolved from Storm Nakri in Vietnam’s Central Highlands on November 11, 2019 

Storm Nakri has weakened into a tropical depression after reaching south-central Vietnam on Sunday night, but rain is forecast to continue dampening the central region, Central Highlands, and several southern localities in the next couple of days.

As of 7:00 am on Monday, the tropical depression was located in the southern part of the Central Highlands, with wind speed recorded at less than 40 kilometers per hour, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

The low-pressure zone will move west and dissipate on Monday afternoon.

Under the influence of the storm’s circulation, average rainfall at 100-250 millimeters has been lashing localities between central Thua Thien-Hue Province and south-central Ninh Thuan Province, as well as the Central Highlands and parts of the southern region since Sunday morning.

Residents in Phu Yen Province take shelter during the storm on November 10, 2019. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Residents in Phu Yen Province take shelter during the storm on November 10, 2019. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

In Ho Chi Minh City, showers accompanied by strong winds began on Sunday night and continued throughout Monday morning.

Downpours are expected to continue battering southern Vietnam and the Central Highlands on Monday and central provinces until the end of Tuesday.

The current weather pattern also poses high risks of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas in central Vietnam and the Central Highlands.

Commuters travel under the rain in Ho Chi Minh City on November 11, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Commuters travel in the rain in Ho Chi Minh City on November 11, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A total of 49 flights operated by local carriers, namely Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, Jetstar Pacific, and Bamboo Airways, were canceled due to Storm Nakri on Sunday.

In the south-central province of Phu Yen, where rainfall was as high as 335 millimeters on Sunday, competent authorities had to evacuate thousands of residents in areas that were susceptible to flash floods and inundation.

The Vietnam Electricity (EVN) has confirmed that the storm had caused power outages that affected about 200,000 households in Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Kon Tum, and Khanh Hoa Provinces.

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