Downpours forecast to continue hitting central Vietnam

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Downpours forecast to continue hitting central Vietnam

This image shows a tattered boat after being hit by strong waves off Phu Yen Province, south-central Vietnam, March 31, 2022. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Unusual torrential rains that have caused heavy flooding in Vietnam’s central and Central Highlands regions over the past several days will continue in these areas on Sunday evening, the central weather agency has warned.

The area from Da Nang City to Khanh Hoa Province, and the Central Highlands region will have heavy rains with rainfall of 100 to over 250 millimeters from Sunday night, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said.

From Sunday evening to Wednesday, the said areas will have moderate to heavy rains and downpours, together with thunderstorms in some localities.

From early Monday through Tuesday, precipitation will be recorded at 100 to over 200 millimeters in Da Nang and Quang Nam Province, and at 100 to more than 250 millimeters from Quang Ngai to Binh Dinh Provinces.

The region from Phu Yen to Khanh Hoa Provinces may see rainfalls of 100 to above 200 millimeters from now to Wednesday, while the precipitation in the Central Highlands may be upwards of 150 millimeters.

The Gulf of Tonkin saw the northeasterly wind of 49 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 74 kilometers per hour on Sunday morning, and the wind force has declined gradually from noon.

The sea area has been rough, causing wave heights to reach three meters.

The northern part of the East Vietnam Sea, including the waters around Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, will continue having strong northeast winds of 61 kilometers and squalls of 88 kilometers, along with waves of five meters in height, on Sunday night.

Similar weather conditions will close in on the waters from Quang Tri Province, in the north-central region, to the southernmost province of Ca Mau, on Sunday evening.

Due to a weakened cold front, the lowest temperatures in Hanoi and the northern region in general have increased by one to two degrees Celsius, reaching 14 to 17 degrees in deltas and 12 to 14 degrees in mountainous areas.

Also on Sunday, the area from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien Hue Provinces has experienced the lowest temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees Celsius, with medium to heavy rains occurring in some locales.

Low temperatures have been recorded from Da Nang to Binh Thuan Province, plus downpours and rainstorms in some places.

From March 31 to April 2, abnormal torrential rains that resulted in flooding at depths of over 0.5 meters in Vietnam’s central provinces killed two people, injured five, and caused one to go missing, according to the Central Steering Board for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

Two houses collapsed and 47 others had their roofs blown off, while 229 boats sank and 2,480 shrimp rafts have been damaged.

More than 78,000 hectares of rice and 13,500 hectares of other farm produce have been submerged and ruined.

Residents of affected provinces are trying to harvest rice in areas where floodwaters have receded.

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