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Storm Sinluka downgraded to tropical depression after landfall in north-central Vietnam

Monday, August 03, 2020, 11:22 GMT+7
Storm Sinluka downgraded to tropical depression after landfall in north-central Vietnam
Storm Sinluka results in strong waves in the coastal district of Hau Loc in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam August 2, 2020. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre

Storm Sinluka, Vietnam’s second in 2020, weakened into a tropical depression after making landfall in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa late on Sunday afternoon.

Average wind speeds in Thanh Hoa’s coastal areas were recorded at 40-50 kilometers per hour and gusts at up to 75km per hour.

Local residents stated that the storm was not strong enough to alleviate the heat and lack of rainfall that had plagued the province for two months.

However, the combined effect of the storm and rising tide did place some pressure on the coastal embankment in Thanh Hoa and caused some flooding in a few areas.

Heavy downpours are expected to dampen the province for the next two days due to the storm’s circulation, creating favorable conditions for agricultural production.

Residents get back to their usual activities after Storm Sinluka weakens in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 2, 2020. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre

Residents get back to their usual activities after Storm Sinluka has weakened in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 2, 2020. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre

The rains will also add more water to local reservoirs and irrigation dams, which have dried out after a two-month drought, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The weather conditions will pose a high risk of landslides and flash floods in mountainous areas.

The Thanh Hoa administration has ordered relevant agencies to be ready to assist affected residents.

In northern Vietnam, it is expected to continue raining until August 8, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

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