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River in Lao Cai rises to record

Update: October, 12/2015 - 08:42
Water levels of the Hong River in the northern mountainous Lao Cai Province have risen sharply since 7am yesterday, damaging a number of boats and flooding agricultural areas along the river banks. — Photo baotainguyenmoitruong.vn

LAO CAI (VNS) — Water levels of the Hong River in the northern mountainous Lao Cai Province have risen sharply since 7am yesterday, damaging a number of boats and flooding agricultural areas along the river banks.

The Lao Cai's Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting reported that this year's water level reached a record high of nearly 81m, and it continued to rise. The water level was expected to reach the 82m mark, which is considered a level II emergency, by the end of the day.

Luu Minh Hai, director of the province's hydro-meteorological forecasting centre, said the high water levels were due to a large amount of water being released across the border from China, about 100km from the city of Lao Cai.

"Water levels on the Hong River hit emergency level II, which will result in flooding in down river regions, especially lower areas along the river banks," Hai said. "Fishermen and passenger boats must take precaution to ensure the safety of their passengers and vessels."

He also advised residents who live along the river to temporarily relocate and move their valuables to other locations. — VNS

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