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Up to 15 storms, depressions forecast to enter East Vietnam Sea in 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 14:02 GMT+7
Up to 15 storms, depressions forecast to enter East Vietnam Sea in 2017
Hanoi is seen in the aftermath of a storm.

Thirteen to 15 storms or tropical depressions will be seen in the East Vietnam Sea in 2017, the Vietnamese National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said on Friday.

This is a quite higher than the annual average number of about 12 storms in many previous years, according to the center.

However, of these expected weather conditions, only three to four storms or tropical depressions are likely to leave direct impact on the mainland of Vietnam, mostly in the central region, the center noted in the forecasts for the May-October storm season.

However, the center acknowledged that the El Nino phenomenon may occur later this year, reducing both the number and intensity of storms or depressions in the East Vietnam Sea.

The center also predicted that the rainy season will come and end sooner than usual in the Central Highlands and southern regions, whereas the northern and north-central areas will experience rainwater level drops.

Ten storms and depressions were recorded in the East Vietnam Sea in 2016, with four storms and two depressions directly affecting the mainland.

The country also experienced negative weather conditions last year, with multiple record cold snaps hitting the north, drought ravaging the central and salinity taking a toll in the Central Highlands and Mekong Delta.

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