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Red River rising

Released at: 22:44, 12/10/2015

Red River rising

Water levels high from flooding in upstream areas in China.

by Son Ho

The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has predicted that water levels in the downstream area of the Red River will continue to rise and reach 3.4 meters in Hanoi by 7am on October 13 because of a sudden discharge of flood waters in China.

At 2pm on October 11 water levels in the Red River in northern Lao Cai province, which borders Vietnam’s northern neighbor, had risen to 81.41 meters (59 centimeters below Emergency Level 2).

The Center also said that upstream flooding continues so water levels in the Red River in Yen Bai and Phu Tho provinces will rise again.

Flooding continues in the Thao River, with water levels in Yen Bai reaching 31.7 meters (30 centimeters below Emergency Level 3) on the morning of October 12.

According to Mr. Dao Trong Tu, adviser to the Vietnam Rivers Network, fast and intense flooding in Lao Cai means there is a huge discharge of water from the Red River.

The sudden discharge may be the result of heavy rains in the river’s upstream area or from water discharges in reservoirs and dams in China. Mr. Tu said the Yunnan Provincial Meteorological Agency announced the discharge of flood waters in the upstream area of the Red River, 200 km from Lao Cai, of a significant 2,500 cu m per second since 1am on October 11.

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