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Wednesday, 21/10/2020 | 20:19:17 GMT+7
Central Vietnam, still reeling from flooding, to see further heavy rains

Remnants of a weakened tropical storm are forecast to dump a massive amount of rain in days to come on Vietnam’s central region, which has been struggling with serious flooding over the past several days.

12/10/2020 08:09:00

A Quang Binh resident receives water bottles from local leaders.

Tropical storm Linfa made landfall on the Quang Nam-Quang Ngai coast on October 11 just hours after being upgraded and then thankfully lost strength to become a tropical depression again as it continued to move further inland.

Over the next three days, provinces from Thua Thien Hue to Quang Nam are expected to see 400-600 millimetres of rain, while the provinces of Quang Tri and Quang Ngai will see 300-500 millimetres.

Quang Binh, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen will have total rainfall of 200-400 millimetres while 200-300 millimetres of rain will fall on southern Ha Tinh and the northern Central Highlands.

The water level is forecast to remain high in local rivers, prolonging flooding, which has already gripped many low-lying areas as well as cities and towns across the region.

Warnings of flash floods, landslides and localised flooding have been issued for the provinces from Quang Binh to Binh Dinh and the Central Highlands region, the highest risk being in Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam.

According to a report by the national disaster management agency on October 11 morning, nine people have been killed and another 11 are unaccounted for due to heavy rains and flooding triggered by a tropical depression over the past few days.

Quang Tri Province suffered the highest death toll with three people having perished and seven reported missing.

The agency also reported that several cargo and fishing vessels sank with search and rescue operations having been launched to look for survivors, while many roads and the north-south railway line were also severely damaged.

A main road is cut off by flooding in Quang Binh Province.

 

Flooding near the iconic Japanese covered bridge in Hoi An

(NDO)