Night downpour brings relief from city muggy weather

Since 10pm last night, a steady downpour together with a thunderstorm in many parts of Ho Chi Minh City greatly eased the hot scorching conditions of the last few days.

Tornado blows off roof of a house on stilts, injuring six visitors in Bac Kan Province on April 17 (Photo: SGGP)

According to Le Thi Xuan Lan from the Southern Regional Hydro Meteorological Center, the heavy rain was caused by accumulated cumulus clouds that develop after a long spell of hot and dry weather.

She added that the rain has temporarily cooled the temperature but has not affected the hot and dry conditions that are prevalent in the city.

In related news, the cold front that moved into Northern Vietnam on Sunday afternoon, resulted in heavy rains and strong winds of 39 kilometers an hour in the central provinces from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue yesterday morning.

The cold front not only affected the rice crops but also the fishing boats that had to stay ashore to avoid the northeasterly winds. Yesterday afternoon, the local border forces continued to guide boats to safety.

The day earlier, tornados occurred in some parts of the country. In the northern province of Bac Kan, a tornado wrecked dozens of homes on stilts and blew off hundred of others’ roofs in Ba Be District.

Six people were injured in a house on stilts, which had its roof blown off by strong winds. The tornado also uprooted over 500 trees in the Ba Be National Park.

The national park center area alone reported an initial damage of VND3billion (US$143,000).

In the Central Highland Province of Kon Tum, a heavy hailstorm and tornado destroyed nine houses of local residents in Dak To District.

The tornado also caused havoc in the central province of Quang Nam devastating  50 houses and nearly 50 hectares of vegetables and rice in Nong Son District, causing loss to property worth VND2 billion (US$95,000).

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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