HA NOI — The southern provinces and highlands may see scattered rain and thunderstorms and even freak tornadoes over the next two days, said Nguyen Huu Hai, head of the Medium and Long-term Meteorological Forecasting Division at the National Centre for Hydro Meteorological Forecasting yesterday.
"People living in southern provinces should beware of sudden tornadoes like the one that occurred two days ago," he added.
Meanwhile, people in the provinces of Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Hau Giang and Vinh Long are struggling to recover from the consequences of tornadoes on Wednesday and Thursday, which killed four and injured nearly 100.
Thousands of people in these provinces have been left homeless and thousands of hectares of crops have been damaged by the storms, which lasted for less than half an hour each but inflicted catastrophic damage.
The losses have been projected to reach billions of dong.
Each household that suffered damages received assistance of VND3-15 million (US$143-714).
Local authorities offered financial support of VND3-5 million ($143-238) to the families of those who were killed or injured in the disaster.
Relevant authorities have mobilised task forces to assist victims repair their homes and surroundings so that they can resume agricultural work.
The provinces' steering committees for Storm and Flood Control and Search and Rescue have asked localities to work out specific plans to protect people, assets, crops and orchards and prevent landslides on the bank rivers during heavy rains and tornadoes.
The localities will also dredge lakes and rivers to ensure that water flows and prevent possible floods.
Hai said the northern, central and southern parts of the country were also forecast to suffer high temperatures over the next two days, due to the recent tropical storm Saola in Taiwan.
He said the average temperature would be between 34 and 36 degrees Celsius across the country. Some provinces in the north and centre, however, were predicted to see far higher temperatures of up to 39 degrees Celsius.
These provinces include Son La, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Nghe An, Quang Binh and Quang Nam.
He said this heatwave would not be strong enough to harm agriculture. However, it might cause people to be tired or even sick. — VNS