Fourth storm not to hit Vietnam

A new storm has formed and has headed towards Hong Kong, said the national weather bureau. It is the fourth typhoon on East Sea since the beginning of the year.

The fourth storm on East Sea heads towards Kong Kong on August 30 (Photo: the national weather bureau)

On Monday early morning, the storm was at 20.8 degrees north latitude and 116.4 degrees east longitude, about 290 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong. The maximum sustained winds reached category 8, 62-74 kilometers an hour.

Affected by the storm, the northern part of the East Sea would turn rough with gusts up to 75-102 kilometers an hour, according to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

In the next 24 hours, the storm will slowly move northwest at 5-10 kilometers an hour.

After several days of torrential rains, rivers in northern Vietnam have swollen, causing floods on several areas.

Nguyen Lan Chau, deputy director of the national weather bureau said that as of Sunday, the floodwater on Hoang Long River, running through Son La, Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh, Ha Nam and Nam Dinh provinces peaked highest scales.

At Ben De gauging-station in Ninh Binh, it surpassed the alarming level 3 by 0.32 meters.

The floodwaters on Hong, Thai Binh, and Cau rivers continue to climb upwards.

The Department of Irrigation said that rising floodwaters together with heavy rains on the past few days have inundated many portions in the northern region.

By Van Phuc – Translated by Hai Mien

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