Central region copes with flooding in aftermath of typhoon

Typhoon Nakri--the sixth storm affected Vietnam this year has caused heavy rain and flooding in the South-Central region, posing a threat to many dyke routes and reservoirs which have continuously been hit by storms and flooding recently.

Residents travel by boat in Tuy An district, Phu Yen province (Photo: SGGP)

Residents travel by boat in Tuy An district, Phu Yen province (Photo: SGGP)

In the afternoon on November 11, Mr. Tran Huu The, deputy chairman of Phu Yen provincial People’s Committee said that after the typhoon was over, residents have returned to clean up and repair their houses. Still 20 out of localities were still suffering power outage and the province’s electricity industry has been making efforts to resume power supply.

On the same day, irrigation reservoirs Dong Tron, Phu Xuan, Suoi Vuc and hydro power reservoirs in Ba Ha river, Krong H’nang and La Hieng 2 have opened sluice gates because of heavy rains.

As a slew of reservoirs released floodwater, many localities have been stranded. The sole road connecting Chi Thanh town to An Dinh commune in Tuy An district has been submerged under 2-3 meters of water. Over 1,000 households in the commune must travel by boat to go to work and buy necessary items.

In the meantime, the typhoon blew away roofs of many houses in Hai Cang ward, Quy Nhon city and of two primary schools in Hoai An district. Torrential rain following the typhoon also destroyed 15.2 hectares of vegetable crops and caused landslide along 250 meters of spring and river banks.

Hundreds of people were mobilized to fortify downgraded Hoc Chua reservoir highly vulnerable to landslide.

Heavy rains have occurred in Quang Ngai province for the last two days, swelling Tra Bong, Tra Khuc, Ve and Tra Cau rivers. The province has been coping with flooding in the mainland and warned residents of landslide in estuaries, flash floods in mountainous areas.

Dak Lak province also reported medium to heavy rain from November 10-11. Water levels in rivers and springs have unceasingly increased causing partly flooding and stranded some areas. The province has reported 412 houses flooded including ten damaged, landslide in 245 meters of road, 2,630 hectares of crops flooded and Ea H’mun irrigation reservoir in danger of breach.

As of late afternoon on November 11, a 40 year old man who was swept away into Da Dang-Da Cho hydro power reservoir when trying to move across Pang Tien spillway in Lac Duong district, has not been found.

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that the low pressure zone weakened from typhoon Nakri continued triggered medium to heavy rains in Central provinces from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai on November 12. The Central Highlands and the Southern region will see scattered shower and thunderstorm and medium to heavy rain in some places.

In the meantime, the Northern region is about to receive a cold front which is forecast to start affecting the region on November 13 and quickly spread to the central region afterwards.

From November 13-14, the Northern region and Central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue will experience medium to heavy rainfall and chilly condition.

By staff writers - Translated by Ngoc Thanh

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