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Vietnam braces for more tropical storms this month

By T. Dao

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HCMC – Vietnam is likely to face two or three tropical storms and depressions this month, with the northern and north-central regions forecast to be affected, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

The country is also expecting higher temperatures than average in the month. Northern and central Vietnam may experience temperatures 0.5 to 1.0 degree Celsius higher than the average of recent years, while the Central Highlands and the southern region could see temperatures about 0.5 degree Celsius above average.

The weather forecasting center predicted heavy rainfall today in the northern region. In some areas, it may rain heavily, with rainfalls ranging from 50 to 100 mm or even over 170 mm.

The Central Highlands and southern region are also expecting rainfalls between 30 and 70 mm, with certain areas getting up to 120 mm.

This weather pattern is forecast to linger on in the north and the center of the country, and weaken in the Central Highlands and southern region. The risk of natural disasters has been rated at level 1 during this period.

Recently, downpours have caused significant damage in multiple provinces. In Dong Nai Province, homes, crops, and livestock have been affected, resulting in substantial losses of around 1,000 tons of farm fish.

Similarly, Hau Giang Province has got 33 houses and a storage facility damaged by heavy rains and strong winds, resulting in estimated losses of VND614 million.

In Daklak Province, flooding in low-lying areas has submerged over 100 homes and nearly 4,500 hectares of crops, with some infrastructure also being damaged.

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