North once again lashed by heavy rains that may result in floods and landslides.
The National Centre for Hydro - Meteorological Forecasting issued a warning of widespread thunderstorms and a risk of flash flooding and landslides in the northern region on September 21. On the night of September 20 many northern provinces had already experienced heavy rain.
From 7pm on September 20 to 1am on September 21 water levels were recorded from 5 to 20 mm.
On the morning of September 21 the north continued to see scattered moderate rain and heavy rain with thunderstorms and high winds, which may be accompanied by hail.
The risk of flash flooding in small rivers and streams as well as landslides is present in northern mountainous areas such as Lang Son, Cao Bang, Bac Can, Bac Giang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Lai Chau, and Son La.
Floods in lowland areas near rivers and streams are also likely, including urban flooding in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, and Nam Dinh.
In the north-central region, meanwhile, water levels in rivers in Thanh Hoa and Ha Tinh are now falling, as they are in the central highlands, albeit slowly.
The Natural Disaster Prevention and Control Committee said that floods from September 14 to September 20 washed away nine homes, unroofed 107 homes, and submerged 3,145 homes in Hoa Binh, Phu Tho, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces. More than 15,000 ha of rice and vegetables were damaged and nearly 4,000 cattle and poultry were killed. Many roads on the national highway network and in rural areas were hit by landslides. In Thanh Hoa alone total damage was estimated at VND198 billion ($8.81 million).