|A landslide, triggered by torrential rains, blocks a road in a northern mountainous province.— VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Torrential rains, scattered since earlier this month and killing at least nine people and leaving two others missing, are predicted to continue hitting the northern mountainous localities until this Saturday (July 15).
This is according to the latest forecast issued by the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting at 9:30pm on Sunday night.
In particular, the mountainous provinces of Hà Giang, Lào Cai, Sơn La, Điện Biên and Lai Châu have been put on high alert for flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rainfall, the centre said.
The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has directed its units based in the localities to mobilise all sources preparing for emergencies.
Data from the committee said initial damage caused by heavy rains in the mountainous provinces until Sunday was estimated at VNĐ9 billion ($395,700).
Meanwhile, Hanoians have been warned about heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds in the afternoon and at night between Monday and Wednesday, the centre said. — VNS