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Mangkhut weakens into tropical depression
The Saigon Times Daily
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Mangkhut weakens into tropical depression

The Saigon Times Daily

Super typhoon Mangkhut had uprooted many trees, blocking traffic flow on a street in China’s Guangdong on September 16 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Storm No.6, known internationally as Mangkhut, is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression after it makes landfall in China, where it will continue traveling west-northwest at a speed of 25-30 kilometers per hour, striking the southern regions of Guangzhou and Guangxi, the local media reported.

The tropical depression is expected to be centered in southern Guangxi  by the afternoon of September 17, packing winds of a maximum of 50 kilometers per hour, accompanied by extremely rough seas.

The system will bring heavy rains and gale-force winds to the sea north of the Tonkin Gulf, with high waves measuring three to four meters. Due to its impact, the northern provinces of Quang Ninh, Cao Bang and Lang Son had to suffer strong winds gusting at level 7 yesterday, September 16.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, from September 17 to 18, heavy downpours will likely occur in the northeastern region of Vietnam, with maximum rainfall of 100mm. In addition, the northern mountainous region is expected to have medium to heavy rains, with rainfall reaching 150mm.

Along with the surging floodwaters in some rivers, flash floods and landslides may hit the northern mountainous localities, such as Quang Ninh, Lao Cai, Son La and Bac Kan, while low-lying and urban areas in Quang Ninh, Lang Son and Bac Giang are forecast to be inundated.

Though Mangkhut did not make landfall in Vietnam, strong winds gusting at level 10 had threatened fishing boats on the northern seas as the storm unleashed its power. Earlier, on September 16, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung led an inspection team to Quang Ninh Province to direct local residents on ways to cope with the storm.

Dung asked the local authorities to monitor the storm’s development to quickly take preventive action if needed. He called for a ban on operating fishing boats during the storm, adding that the provincial government and relevant agencies must ensure safety and provide necessities for the locals in affected areas.

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