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Storm Wipha causes havoc in northern region

Heavy rains cause flooding in some streets in Mong Cai city (Quang Ninh).

In Hanoi, on the morning of August 3, the circulation of typhoon No. 3 this year brings heavy rains, causing flooding from 0.3-0.5 m in many inner city’s streets.

As of 9:30 am on August 3, according to information from the national weather service, the storm has developed complicatedly in recent days. It is necessary to continuously monitor and update the forecast and warnings.

Broken trees affected traffic in Hanoi.

Employees of Hanoi Drainage Company present at a flooding point on Nguyen Trai street to drain water.

Yesterday night, a fishing vessel by Thanh Hoa province’s fishermen sunk in the coastal area of Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province, but fortunately without human damage. In Ha Long city, there are still only small rains and the trading activities in Ha Long market have returned to normal.

In Mong Cai city, fortunately there were no damage to people and property but only 30 urban trees and a high-voltage light pole downed. The typhoon with strong gusts and heavy rains flooded some streets in Mong Cai.

Chairman of Mong Cai city People’s Committee Vu Van Kinh said that the local functional forces keep watching on the unpredictable developments of the weather, especially heavy rain that can cause floods on Ka Long river. Mong Cai continues to send forces to areas that are at risk of landslides and flooding, while collaborating with the Border Guard forces to prevent boats from going out to sea against heavy rains and flooding caused by the circulation after the storm.

Storm Wipha down trees in Mong Cai city (Quang Ninh).

Heavy rainfall caused the Tien Yen river’s water to rise. In order to ensure the safety for the people, Quang Ninh province’s Tien Yen district has directed communes and towns to organise the responsive measures in dangerous areas.

Inland waterway port authority of Quang Ninh province said that by 8 am this morning, all boats on Ha Long Bay have been licensed to operate again and the ships to Co To island have returned to normal operations.

Hai Phong authorities said that the storm did not cause any major damage in the port city. Right in the morning of August 3, functional forces have urgently cut branches and replanted fallen trees to ensure transportation. The daily lives of the local people have returned to normal.

Hai Phong’s workers collect fallen trees on the street after the storm.

Since the night of August 2, in Dien Bien city, Dien Bien province, heavy rains for many hours caused flooding in some streets. The main roads, such as Vo Nguyen Giap, Nguyen Chi Thanh, Truong Chinh and Hoang Cong Chat are submerged in 40cm of water. Many households living along the roads are flooded with damaged furniture.

Not only in Dien Bien city but also in the districts of Dien Bien, Dien Bien Dong, Muong Cha, Muong Nhe and Nam Po are at risk of flooding, flash floods and landslides due to heavy rains.

Heavy rains cause flooding and traffic congestion in Dien Bien city, Dien Bien province.

In Hoa Muc commune, Cho Moi district (Bac Kan province), heavy rains caused 500 m3 of rock and soil from the top of a mountain near the National Highway No. 3 to suddenly roll down, sadly killing one women who was traveling on the road with her grandchild on Saturday morning.

Rainfall measured at 332mm at 7 am this morning also caused flash flood in Na Meo commune, Quan Son district, Thanh Hoa province, sweeping away 20 houses and 17 people. Currently, the functional forces have saved six people, but the remaining 11 people are still missing. Floods have isolated 17 villages in the communes of Na Meo, Son Thuy, Son Dien, Son Ha, Tam Lu, Trung Tien and Trung Thuong in Quan Son district.

To ensuring safety for the facility and flood control for downstream areas, Trung Son hydropower plant in Quan Hoa district (Thanh Hoa) started flood discharge from 8 am on August 3.

Landslide claims one life in Cho Moi district, Bac Kan province.

Today morning, the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control organised a review meeting to draw experiences on responding to the storm and discuss the response to the flooding situation in the near future. Tran Quang Hoai, Deputy Head of the Central Steering Committee, chaired the meeting.

Hoai urged for ensuring the prevention of flooding in urban areas, strengthening inspection of dyke safety and taking measures to ensure the operation of reservoirs to ensure the safety for downstream areas, as well as reviewing areas with high risk of flash floods and landslides in the highlands to ensure safety for people and closely monitor the tropical depression to decide whether to restore fishing activities.

After making landfall in Quang Ninh on August 2 night, storm Wipha has weaken to a tropical depression but still delivered drenching rains and strong gusts to northern and north-central localities.

It is forecasted that in the next 12 hours, the tropical depression will move in the west-southwest direction at a speed of about 10km per hour and further weaken into a low pressure area in the southern part of the Northern Delta.

Heavy rains are still forecast for the whole weekend in the North and North Central regions.