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Rain to reduce in southern Vietnam as monsoon weakens

Sunday, September 20, 2020, 10:53 GMT+7
Rain to reduce in southern Vietnam as monsoon weakens
Commuters travel in a heavy downpour in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Rainfall will reduce and temperature will rise in southern Vietnam over the next few days as a southwest monsoon has weakened, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Earlier, the weather in southern localities, including Ho Chi Minh City, was affected by a southwest monsoon and Storm Noul's circulation.

Storm Noul, the fifth that has hit Vietnam in 2020, made landfall between Quang Binh and Thua Thien-Hue Provinces on Friday morning, unleashing winds at 40-60km per hour and gusts at up to 75km an hour.

Although the storm degraded to a tropical depression shortly, its circulation still caused torrential rains and powerful winds in many localities.

Two people were killed and 110 others injured, while over 22,000 houses had their roofs blown away due to the storm, authorities reported on Sunday morning.

Heavy downpours accompanied by thunderstorms and strong gusts have battered multiple areas in the region over the past days.   

Rainfall was recorded at 52.8mm in Binh Phuoc Province, 48mm in Tien Giang Province, and 111.6mm in An Giang Province on Saturday.

Torrential rains resulted in inundation, which was exacerbated by rising tide in many areas.

On Sunday and Monday, the southwest monsoon is forecast to weaken, thus rain in the region will decrease in intensity and temperature will rise.

Showers will occur mainly in the evening during this period.

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