Typhoon Sonca has weakened into a tropical depression after causing heavy rain and severe flooding in provinces in north-central Vietnam. The storm was centered to the north of Quang Tri Province when it diminished into a tropical depression at around 3:00 pm on Tuesday, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting. The low-pressure system was forecast to travel northwestward at a velocity of 15km per hour over the next 12 hours and continue to weaken into a low-pressure zone in central Laos. After making landfall, Sonca brought heavy rainfall and serious inundation to the region. According to the Committee for Flood and Storm Control in Quang Binh Province, rainfall in several districts topped 130 millimeters while many areas were isolated by the flooding. Strong winds also uprooted countless trees and caused damage to multiple homes in the province. In Quang Tri, the … [Read more...] about Storm Sonca ravages north-central Vietnam, weakens into tropical depression
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Heavy rains are forecast to continue to wet Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon, after locals were surprised by an unseasonal downpour Wednesday afternoon. Heavy rains are forecast to continue to wet Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon, after locals were surprised by an unseasonal downpour Wednesday afternoon. According to Ho Chi Minh City-based meteorologist Le Thi Xuan Lan, the rain that hit multiple areas of the city on Wednesday was caused by equatorial depression combined with disturbances in the east wind. Satellite images show observable thunderclouds over Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces such as Dong Nai, Kien Giang, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Long An, the weather expert added. Lan said more rains are to be expected in these areas today, with chances of heavy rains in the late afternoon into the evening. Abnormal rains have taken a toll on flower sellers in the city, who count on the Lunar New Year holiday season for their living. At Gia Dinh Park in Tan Binh … [Read more...] about Abnormal rains to persist in Ho Chi Minh City: meteorologist
At least 13 people were killed and 81 others were injured after typhoon Haiyan, packing winds of 117kph, ripped through north-central and northern provinces. According to the National Committee for Search and Rescue, most of the victims were reinforcing their houses or trimmed trees when Haiyan hit. The storm was downgraded after making landfall and is currently striking China’s border provinces. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai is inspecting post-storm clean-up efforts in Haiphong which was battered by Haiyan early on November 11. Initial reports showed Haiyan uprooted big trees and tore away large advertising boards, blocking major roads in the inner city. Relevant forces were mobilized to clear piles of debris to ensure smooth traffic. Thanks to thorough preparations, the storm did not cause any human and property losses when it slammed into Haiphong’s Cat Hai island district. Most houses and public works had been reinforced and fishing vessels had been called in … [Read more...] about Typhoon Haiyan death toll rises to 13 Haiyan makes landfall, weakens into depression
VietNamNet Bridge - According to some experts, the heavy consequences suffered by Quang Ninh province after the recent torrential rains and floods were caused by natural disasters but also by man. Floods in Tuan Giao District, Dien Bien Province. North Vietnam is undergoing very rainy days, which has caused flooding in many provinces and cities. At least 28 people have died, six others are missing, and 40 injured. Material damage has reached hundreds of millions USD. Quang Ninh province suffered the worst territorial rains and floods in 40 years, which killed 17 people and caused losses worth VND2 trillion (nearly $100 million). The coal industry of Vietnam, based in Quang Ninh, has been paralysed. The Vietnam Coal and Minerals Corporation said that it will take the coal industry 3-5 months to resume operations. After heavy rains, many areas in Quang Ninh province were submerged deeply. Boats could move on the roads. Prof. Ph.D Nguyen Duc Ngu, Director of the Center for … [Read more...] about Territorial rains and floods: Natural or human disaster?
VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City authorities are planning to build a system of reservoirs that will help regulate water levels and decrease flooding by 30 percent. The Dau Tieng Reservoir helps regulate the water level in HCM City and neighboring areas. The HCM City Anti-flooding Program Operation Center has submitted to the city People’s Committee a project to build three water reservoirs as a solution to prevent floods in the city. Under the project, the reservoirs would be built in districts 4, Thu Duc and Tan Phu. The reservoir in Thu Duc district, covering dozens of hectares, would be located on a low terrain area, and would store water for the district and several neighboring areas. Urban development planners believe that the flooding in HCM City has become worse in recent years because of a lack of depression areas where water collects. These have been filled up as a result of rapid urbanisation and construction projects. As a result, water cannot drain … [Read more...] about New reservoir system will help prevent flooding in HCM City