Low-pressure zone puts Central Vietnam at risk of floods

Central and Central Highlands regions are facing heavy rains and severe flooding in the next few days due to a low-pressure zone forming over the East Sea, the national weather bureau said October 16.

Vietnam’s central region was submerged by floods following Typhoon Ketsana in late September (Photo: SGGP)
The National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center said the system could intensify to a tropical low-pressure zone.

On the afternoon of October 16, the low-pressure area was centered over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands and was moving west-northwest at a speed of 10 kilometers an hour.

Affected by the low-pressure, central provinces from Quang Ngai to Khanh Hoa and the north of the Central Highlands are seeing medium to heavy rains that may bring new floods.

Danang, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam will also be subject to heavy rains.

In an urgent dispatch, the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control asked local authorities in central and Central Highlands regions to diligently follow information on the low-pressure zone, prepare to cope with floods, and pay close attention to flash-flood and landslide-prone areas.

In response to the steering committee’s announcement, coastal provinces from Quang Binh to Khanh Hoa have called on nearly 1,000 residents to seek safe shelter.

On Bach Long Vy Island in the northern city of Hai Phong, hundreds of fishermen who came to the island to avoid Typhoon Parma on October 13, have not been able to return home as their boats have been damaged.

The Border Guard High Command has asked the steering committee and the National Committee for Search and Rescue to dispatch food to Hai Phong’s two island districts of Bach Long Vy and Cat Hai to aid 233 fishermen trapped there. Most of the fishermen are from Thanh Hoa Province.

The Hai Phong City People’s Committee has ordered authorities in Cat Ba and Bach Long Vy districts, where 28 fishing boats sunk and 70 others were seriously damaged by the typhoon, to assist with providing food.

Thanh Hoa Province authorities have also dispatched 230 boxes of instant noodles, 230 freshwater tanks, and clothes to the islands.

Bach Long Vy District People’s Committee Chairman Cao Xuan Lien said that his district has called on locals to share clothes and food with Thanh Hoa fishermen and help them repair damaged boats.

In the wake of Typhoon Ketsana in the central region, Thua Thien-Hue authorities and thousands of soldiers and youth have rebuilt 200 out of 376 collapsed houses, and repaired 10,900 out of 11,355 damaged houses.

The Unilever Vietnam Fund coordinated the same day with the Vietnam Women’s Union in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces to offer 2,000 gifts worth VND400 million (US$22,000) to households damaged by Typhoon Ketsana.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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