HA NOI — Tropical storm Nock-Ten weakened into a tropical low pressure after pounding northern central provinces in Viet Nam on Saturday night, and authorities are still on high alert as floods are expected in various areas due to ongoing torrential rain.
Farmers relocate clams to a safe place in Tien Hai District in northern Thai Binh Province ahead of storm Nock-Ten. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet
The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has issued a warning on potential flooding of rivers from Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh province in the central region.
The centre said heavy rains triggered by the storm could last for about two days in northern and central provinces.
Landslides and flash floods were likely to occur in mountainous and low-lying areas in provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh, the centre said.
Ha Noi and neibouring provinces are also on alert against whirlwinds and heavy rains. Flooding might occur on several streets in the inner city, the centre said.
Additional flights for delayed passengers
Vietnam Airlines passengers who experienced delays due to Nock-Ten were put on eight additional flights yesterday to ensure they reached their destinations, said the national carrier's spokesman Le Hoang Dung.
Among the eight flights, six were from and to Da Lat City and two were along the Ha Noi-LuangPrabang, Laos route.
The airlines also promised to support passengers affected by the storm with procedures related to booking, cancelling or changing tickets.
Due to the storm, the airlines cancelled 30 flights on Saturday, including 26 domestic flights and two along the LuangPrabang and Siem Reap, Cambodia routes.
The centre also forecast another low pressure system developing in the northern East Sea, which is expected to grow in intensity into a tropical low.
According to the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control, Nock-Ten made landfall on the mainland at Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces at around 7pm on Saturday.
Though it quickly weakened and moved towards the Lao border, the storm claimed at least three lives in Viet Nam and caused losses to local properties and farm crops.
The victims included Pham Xuan Tu, 68, from Anh Son District, Nghe An Province, who was electrocuted, Ca Van Bien, 60, from mountainous Son La Province who was struck by lightning and Tran Vu Tai, 13 from Nghe An Province's Yen Thanh District, who died due to drowning. The hardest hit province was Nghe An, where five houses and one schools had roofs blown away and over 3,500ha of rice and subsidiary crops were submerged.
The storm also damaged at least four fishing vessels, and caused one from Quang Ngai Province to sink near the Truong Sa (Spratlys) Archipelago. Twelve fishermen on board were expected to arrive home after being saved by Filipinos.
To cope with the storm, localities in the northern and central coastal provinces evacuated more than 44,000 people in the most vulnerable areas.
Border guards and local authorities also helped over 32,000 fishing ships with nearly 127,000 crew to anchor in safe areas.
Work to remedy damages caused by the storm has been conducted in various localities across the country since yesterday. — VNS