Torrential rainfall on Saturday triggered flooding in the central provinces from Quang Ngai to Thua Thien-Hue, marooning residents in several low lying areas.
|Several areas are still heavily flooded in Quang Ngai Province (Photo: VNA)|
According to the hydro meteorological station in the mid central region, the flood levels continued to rise and topped alarming levels of 2 and 3 in many rivers. Water levels measured one meter above level 3 on Ve River in the worst hit Quang Ngai Province.
Authorities in Mo Duc and Nghia Hanh Districts had to evacuate hundreds of households to safety and several residential areas were flooded under 0.5-1 meter of water causing also for schools to shut down.
Heavy rains caused landslides in the mountainous districts of Quang Ngai and also in the neighboring province of Quang Nam, blocking traffic entry to communes.
Mountain communes have submerged and are now isolated in Nam Tra My and Bac Tra My Districts of Quang Nam Province for the last few days.
Roads from Bac Tra My to Tra Bui, Tra Giac, Tra Giap and Tra Ka Communes suffered landslides with 5,000 cubic meters of soil blocking several routes connecting to villages that have been subsequently cut off. Hydropower and irrigation reservoirs like Phu Ninh and Khe Tan have begun to release floodwaters.
The long lasting downpour and flooding has held up farm cultivation in Quang Dien, Phu Vang and Phu Loc Districts of Thua Thien-Hue Province. Farmers are unable to cultivate their rice winter-spring crop. Floodwaters are also bringing in sand into rice fields and choking canals and damaging the dyke system. Thousands of hectares of vegetables and flowers for supply during the coming Tet holiday have been uprooted or are lying rotting.
1,120 houses were inundated over the last two days as heavy rains continued to increase flood levels in rivers in Binh Dinh Province, isolating some communes in Hoai An, An Lao, Tuy Phuoc and Phu Cat Districts.
Meanwhile, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center warns of a new stronger cold front set to hit the central and northern provinces.
By December 1, the cold front will cause extreme cold weather conditions in mountainous areas while temperatures will slide to 13-15 degrees Celsius in the plains. The cold front is expected to spread further into the central coastal areas, bringing with it heavy rain and colder weather.
Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces will also be affected by this and may see some fog early mornings.
Several areas were still flooded due to the high tide in Districts 1, 7, 2, Binh Thanh and Thu Duc in HCMC on Saturday. The Southern Hydro Meteorological Center forecasts that high tide will not recede within the next few days and will continue to submerge low lying areas.
High tide continues to rise in HCMC