Tropical low depression brings heavy rain, flooding to northern and central regions

Tuesday, 2017-10-10 16:32:17
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Quang Trung road in Vinh city (Nghe An province) in deep water. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – A tropical low depression which has been over the East Sea for the last two days made landing in seashore provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Binh on the morning of October 10, bringing heavy rains and large scale flooding to northern and central regions.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), over the past two days the northern and central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Ngai have seen rainfall amounts of 100-200mm, with heavier rain hitting Phu Ly city (Ha Nam) 209mm, Vinh city (Nghe An) 280mm, Huong Son district (Ha Tinh) 277mm and Tuyen Hoa district (Quang Binh) 290mm.

Heavy rains caused a landslide at Lam Giang Railway Station in the northern province of Yen Bai yesterday night, blocking the Hanoi - Lao Cai railway line. It will take about four days to completely handle the issue. During the time, passengers have to travel on Noi Bai-Lao Cai expressway or Highway 70.

In Vinh, heavy rains caused flooding on many roads and through residential areas, leading to traffic chaos. Major roads such as Quang Trung, Tran Phu, Nguyen Van Cu, March 2 and Nguyen Cong Tru are submerged in 0.3-0.5m water. In Ben Thuy ward, many places are flooded in waters more than 2m deep.

Local authorities have mobilised forces to help transport people and property to higher land. Mobile and traffic police are present at deep flooding sites to guide traffic and assist passersby.

The province’s Department of Education and Training asked the Vinh city Education Department to notify all parents to keep students at home. This is the second time these Vinh students have had to stay home due to natural disasters this school year.

As of 9 am this morning, two victims have been washed away by flooding in Nghe An. Local authorities are coordinating a search for the unlucky.

Landslide at Lam Giang Railway Station in Yen Bai blocks the Hanoi - Lao Cai railway line. (Credit: NDO)

Meanwhile, in Ha Tinh, heavy rains have resulted in widespread floods and landslides, isolating many mountainous localities throughout the province.

Continuous heavy rains are causing high water levels in the Ngan Sau and Ngan Pho Rivers, as well as in reservoirs and fields in Huong Son and Vu Quang mountains districts. In Can Loc district, Co Chau dam in Gia Hanh commune, with a capacity of nearly 3,000m3, has been breached, causing devastating floods for many villages in the area.

According to the NCHMF latest forecast, over the next 12 hours, the tropical cyclone will move to the North West, at about 25 kph, moving further into the mainland and weakening into a low pressure area in Upper Laos.

As of October 12, heavy rainfall from 100-150mm, even over 200mm, will continue in both regions. Hanoi will suffer heavy rainfall amounts of 40-70mm until tomorrow.

Mountainous areas and lowland localities, including Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Son La and Hoa Binh, as well as provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue, are warned of flash floods and landslides.

Co Chau dam in Gia Hanh commune, Can Loc district (Ha Tinh province) with a capacity of nearly 3,000 m3 has been breached, causing heavy flooding for a range of hamlets in the locality. (Credit: NDO)