HCMC – The central region of Vietnam is grappling with the severe aftermath of heavy rains, accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and powerful winds.
As of the evening of September 26, relentless downpours had claimed one life in Quang Tri Province and left six others injured in Thua Thien-Hue Province. Over 150 houses had their roofs torn off due to strong winds, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
In Quang Binh Province, torrential rains on September 25 and 26 triggered flooding in various roads and disrupted transportation in the districts of Minh Hoa and Tuyen Hoa.
In response to the adverse weather, several schools in Nghe An Province have been forced to close, and nearly 1,200 homes have been inundated as a result of heavy rain from a lingering low-pressure system over the past two days.
The flooding has damaged 1,081 hectares of flower crops and swept away livestock and poultry in the province. In mountainous and midland districts like Ky Son, Con Cuong, Tuong Duong, and Que Phong, people and vehicles are finding it impossible to traverse the impassable roads.
According to the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center’s projections, the region stretching from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh will continue to experience heavy downpours on September 28, with expected rainfall ranging from 200 to 400 millimeters.
The center has issued warnings of an elevated risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas. Moreover, the heavy rainfall over a short period may lead to flooding in low-lying areas, while thunderstorms could bring the potential for tornadoes, lightning, and fierce winds.
In related news, continuous downpours from last night until 9 a.m. this morning submerged several major streets in Hanoi under 0.3-0.5 meters of water, resulting in traffic disruptions.