Mekong floods can rise quickly: General Department

General Director Nguyen Van Tinh of The General department of irrigation under ministry of agriculture & rural development said late afternoon July 30, the water level in the upper section of the Mekong River continued rising quickly.

Water levels at Mekong are rising quickly Photo: SGGP

Water levels at Mekong are rising quickly Photo: SGGP

On the day, the National Center for Hydro Meteorological Forecasting warned the water level in the upper section of Cuu Long River on Tien River at Tan Chau station on July 29 was measured at 2.87m, on Hau River of Chau Doc, An Giang Province was 2.38m.

In the next 2 to 3 days, it is forecast that water levels in Cuu Long River will continue rising quickly and then be up slowly due to low tides.

Up to August 8, the highest water level in the Tien River at Tan Chau Station will be able to reach up to 3.35,m; in the Hau River at Chau Doc Station of 2.75m.

The Southern Center for Hydro Meteorological Forecasting issued also its latest forecast that today July 31 tidal peaks can reach at the highest levels ever. On August 5, the highest water level in the Tien River at Tan Chau Station and in the Hau River at Chau Doc Station will reach at warning level one (equal to 3.5m at Tan Chau and 3m at Chau Doc) then continue rising up.

Due to complicated situation, yesterday afternoon July 30, the general department for natural disaster prevention and control said this morning July 31 the central steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control organizes meeting to instruct major tasks with aim at preventing floods in the Mekong Delta Region.

Mekong floods can rise quickly: General Department ảnh 1 Hanoi continues suffering heavy rains

On the other hand, in the northern region including Hanoi capital yesterday experienced heavy rains due to the impact of tropical system. It is predicted that the northern delta region will continue hitting rains, prolonged rains. The provinces of Hoa Binh, Phu Tho, Bac Giang, Ha Giang can suffer extreme heavy rains.

The committee requested Hanoi and Hoa Binh province take measures to deal with the possibility of flash floods in the Bui River and moving local people to safer places.

VAN PHUC –Translated by Van Ha

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