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Heavy rainfall in forecast for northern Vietnam again this week

Heavy rainfall in forecast for northern Vietnam again this week

Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 14:15 GMT+7
Heavy rainfall in forecast for northern Vietnam again this week
Rescuers evacuate flood-hit residents in Ha Giang City of Ha Giang Province in northern Vietnam on June 10, 2024. Photo: Supplied

Vast swathes of northern Vietnam were warned of another heavy downpour between Friday and Sunday, with rainfall mostly expected in the mountainous areas, according to the country’s national weather agency.

Nguyen Van Huong, head of the Weather Forecasting Department under the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, on Monday afternoon made statements about heavy flooding induced by extreme rainfall in many northern provinces over the past few days and released the agency’s forecast about upcoming weather conditions in the region.

Torrential rains lashed multiple northern provinces and cities from Saturday night last week through Monday.

In the northeastern part, Quang Ninh Province and Hai Phong City recorded 200-300m of rainfall, with two locales in Quang Ninh, namely Quang Ha and Mong Cai, even enduring precipitation of nearly 400mm.

In the northwestern part, especially in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, rainfall in Vi Xuyen and Bac Quang Districts varied between 350mm and 450mm.

The extreme rainfall caused serious flooding across Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Ha Giang, and some other northern mountainous locations, Huong said.

He elaborated that heavy precipitation is normal in June, during which the northern region is undergoing a seasonal transition and is still impacted by cold fronts which can cause extreme rainfall.

The weather forecaster said rain in the northern region could become less intense from Monday afternoon, but the northern mountainous provinces should keep watching out for possible flash floods and landslides.

This weekend, extreme rainfall will likely make a comeback in the region and could linger on well into Monday next week, with the northern mountainous locales expected to receive heavy precipitation, Huong warned.

Over the past few days, three people died after being swept away in floodwaters or buried in landslides in the northern region.

In Ha Giang, extreme rainfall began battering the province on Saturday, leaving thousands of homes partially submerged and many roads damaged.

In related news, the national weather agency said that water levels in the Lo River downstream areas in Tuyen Quang Province, northern Vietnam could rise rapidly on Tuesday, posing threats of inundation and flooding-induced natural disasters.

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Hong Ngan - Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre News

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