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Northern mountainous provinces suffer downpours, landslides
The Saigon Times Daily
Monday,  Aug 6, 2018,12:37 (GMT+7)

Northern mountainous provinces suffer downpours, landslides

The Saigon Times Daily

An excavator is clearing a road section stonewalled by dandslides in Lao Cai Province. Torrential rains have triggered flooding and landslides in multiple provinces in the northern mountainous region - PHOTO: TTXVN

HCMC - Torrential rains have caused flooding and landslides in multiple provinces in the northern mountainous region. Lao Cai Province has incurred heavy losses over the last two days, with 82 households being inundated with floodwaters in the district of Bac Ha, while floods hit 290 houses in localities across Cao Bang Province, reported local media.

Nguyen Chanh Cuong, chief of Lao Cai Province's Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, stated that a tropical low pressure had triggered heavy rains, leading to land erosion of some 1,000 cubic meters of soil across many roads in Lao Cai. Consequently, traffic on sections of National Road 159, running from Ban Pho Commune to the Hoang Thu Pho and Ta Van Chu communes, was at a complete standstill.

In addition, interdistrict roads connecting localities in Bac Ha, Si Ma Cai and Bao Thang had suffered severe damage. Flooding also wrought havoc on dozens of hectares of crops.

Meanwhile, many localities in Cao Bang Province on August 4 witnessed floods striking hundreds of houses, including the communes of Truong Ha, Quy Nhan and Na Sa in Ha Quang District, according to the National Committee of Search and Rescue of the Department of Rescue and Relief, under the Ministry of National Defense. The local authorities then mobilized 300 people to help them cope with the aftermath.

In Hanoi, floodwaters in the outlying districts of Chuong My and Quoc Oai receded slowly, but 3,585 out of 6,097 houses in communes across Chuong My remain submerged. Some sites are covered in water 0.5-1.5 meters high. Army agencies have deployed 100 soldiers and 105 militiamen, on six boats, to provide drinking water to the locals and help them commute in affected areas.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, medium to heavy rain is expected in the provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Hoa Binh, with rainfall measuring 30-50mm, over the next three to six hours, starting at 2 a.m. today, August 6. Landslides are forecast to occur in the districts of Kim Boi, Lac Son and Da Bac in Hoa Binh, as well as Bat Xat District in Lao Cai and Van Chan District in Yen Bai.

Due to the impact of the depression zone, the middle section of the East Sea might encounter showers and thunderstorms, with level 8 gale-force winds on Monday. As for the southern East Sea region (including the Truong Sa archipelago) and coastal areas running from Binh Thuan Province to Ca Mau Cape, there might be strong monsoon winds plus rough seas, with waves measuring two to three meters.

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