Heavy rains as storm makes landfall over northern Vietnam

Storm Soudeler that had formed over the East Sea made landfall over the northern provinces of Quang Ninh and Hai Phong on July 12, weakening into a tropical low pressure zone and bringing heavy rains.

People in Hai An District, Hai Phong City consolidate a dyke to prevent the storm (Photo: SGGP)

Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, Bac Ninh, Nam Dinh, Hai Phong, and Hai Duong received heavy rainfall but authorities reported no loss of life or property and said sea dykes in Nam Dinh and Quang Ninh were intact.

The National Hydro Metrological Forecast Center said the tropical low pressure zone would move past Hanoi to the northwest and become a low pressure zone on July 13, bringing heavy rain in the region.

Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the Center, said the rains may cause widespread landslides.

Hundreds of tourists got stuck on island

La Thi Thu Giang, 26, said she and a group of 10 tourists travelling from Hanoi to Co To Island in Quang Ninh Province on Friday only learnt about the storm on the afternoon of the 11th, and had no time to return to the mainland.

On July 12 there were 300 tourists on the island. Hotels could not ensure food for them and they had to subsist on instant noodles and wait for the storm to blow over.

Nguyen Van Linh Street in Da Nang City is submerged in water on July 12 (Photo: SGGP)

In Ha Long, many tourist buses and container trucks traveling to the Mong Cai border gate were stuck at many places due to heavy rain.

Vehicles and people were prohibited from using the Bai Chay Bridge in Quang Ninh because of the fear that the strong winds could blow them into the water below.

Hai Phong and Quang Ninh authorities prohibited boats from going out to sea until the storm blew over and recalled all boats out at sea.

Flood in the Central

Thunderstorms on July 12 caused flooding in some places in provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Ngai.

Many streets in Da Nang, like Tran Phu, Ngo Quyen, and Nguyen Van Linh, were submerged in water. Hoa Khanh IZ was seriously flooded with the water rising to a meter.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong visited Bac Kan Province on July 11 and 12 to meet people affected by floods and discuss relief measures.

He visited Pac Nam District where 13 people died and nine remain missing.

The Deputy PM ordered authorities to find the missing people quickly, help a return to normalcy, and ensure no one lacks food.

The Government has decided to provide VND71 billion ($4 million) to help localities affected by the storm and flood.

Bac Kan will get VND20 billion to repair roads and help people to rebuild houses and resume farming.

By Van Phuc – Translated by H.Mien

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