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Rainfall continues to pose risk of floods and landslides across regions

By T. Dao

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HCMC – Ongoing heavy rainfall is projected to persist, heightening the potential for floods and landslides in various parts of Vietnam and raising concerns about further damage and displacement.

The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has issued warnings indicating that multiple areas in the country are at risk of flash floods and landslides due to continuous rainfall.

Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected in northern mountainous provinces, particularly in Ha Giang and Lao Cai, which have been identified as high-risk zones for floods and landslides.

Likewise, provinces in the Central Highlands region, such as Dak Nong and Lam Dong, are grappling with persistent precipitation. Rain accumulation ranges from 20 to 40 millimeters, with some areas receiving over 70 millimeters. Vulnerable districts in these provinces include Dak Mil, Krong No, Tuy Duc, Cu Jut, Cat Tien, Da Teh, Duc Trong, Bao Loc, and Di Linh.

Furthermore, Quang Nam Province is facing continuous rainfall, with accumulation typically ranging from 20 to 40 millimeters and exceeding 60 millimeters in specific areas. This has increased flood risks in districts like Nam Giang, Phuoc Son, Tay Giang, and Dong Giang.

Authorities have categorized the level of natural disaster risk stemming from floods, landslides, and land subsidence caused by heavy rain or flowing water as currently at level 1.

In early August 2023, the Mekong Delta region in the South experienced landslides due to heavy rains. Binh Phuoc province reported prolonged and widespread rainfall, resulting in localized flooding, landslides, and disruptions to citizens’ lives.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has provided guidance to Mekong Delta provinces, outlining comprehensive plans to mitigate landslides. Strategies encompass identifying causes, relocating residents from vulnerable areas, providing safe housing, and implementing technical measures to address soil erosion.

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