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Mekong Delta to reach high water mark in early October

Update: September, 29/2012 - 09:04

CUU LONG DELTA (VNS)— Water levels in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta areas, including the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) and Long Xuyen Quadrilateral, have been on the rise.

According to the Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the highest level in Tan Chau Area in An Giang Province is forecast to reach 3.3 metres on October 1, while water levels in Chau Doc Town may reach 2.85 metres.

Water levels in the Plain of Reeds and Long Xuyen Quadrilateral are forecast to reach Alarm1 and 2 levels, and in some areas, Alarm 3.

The unrelenting rains and high tides last week caused water levels in the Mekong River's upstream areas to rise by 1-8cm a day and are expected to continue to increase late this week.

HCM City and the southeastern provinces have had showers and rains. Thus, residents should be on the alert against squalls and whirlwinds, the Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has said.

The city's board for storm and flood prevention has asked authorities to carry out measures to ensure safety for people and their assets. Fifteen houses in Dak Buc So Commune, located on the lower section of Dak Buc So Irrigation Dam in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong's Tuy Duc District, were buried under soil after a landslide on Wednesday.

No casualties were reported from the landslide, which was caused by prolonged and heavy rains on the upper section of Dak Buc So Irrigation Dam.

Tuy Duc District People's Committee donated VND6 million to each family who lost their homes and VND3 million to each family affected by the landslide.

The district authority also decided to re-settle the affected households to a new residential area.— VNS

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