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Floods remain a threat after Typhoon Bebinca

Update: June, 25/2013 - 09:10
Residents in the northern province of Hai Phong's Tien Lang District deal with the aftermath of Typhoon Bebinca. An area of 44 hectare of crops and over two hectares of aquaculture farms were destroyed by the storm.—VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hung-Quang Quyet

HA NOI (VNS)— People in northern and central provinces have been warned to be vigilant for flash floods and landslides following heavy rain brought by Typhoon Bebinca.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said that while the typhoon had weakened, flood threats were still high.

Some districts saw a great amount of rain on Sunday, with the largest downpours in places such as the northern province of Nam Dinh's Van Ly District with 130mm rainfall, as well as the central province of Nghe An's Con Cuong and Do Luong districts with 209mm and 319mm, respectively.

Two people are missing following floods in Nghe An province.

The typhoon submerged more than 1,300ha of aquaculture ponds and resulted in the loss of a fishing ship and about 2,000ha of oysters in the northern province of Thai Binh.

Supervision on the operation of irrigation systems in the province has been strengthened to prevent more than 3,700ha of rice seeding from being waterlogged.

The northern mountainous province of Yen Bai has moved residents from areas at high risk of land slides, including Yen Bai City, Tran Yen and Yen Binh districts.

Local rescue teams and authorities are on standby to respond quickly to any emergencies.

In the northern province of Ninh Binh, which saw 108-195mm of rain, more than 1,700ha of rice were submerged by yesterday afternoon. Out of 162 spillway dams in the province, 49 were opened.

All 106 fishing ships were safe thanks to good preparation and preventive measures.

The typhoon also caused a loss of VND150 billion (US$7.1 million) for the northern province of Nam Dinh. There, seawater rose up to 2.5m on Sunday, submerging the Quat Lam tourism area in the province's Giao Thuy District and the Thinh Long tourism area in Hai Hau District and damaging the sluice systems in both areas.

More than 1,500ha of aquaculture land were damaged by flooding and landslides. Across 150ha, many shrimp and fish died due to the environmental shock.

In the northern port city of Hai Phong, the residential area in Nam Village, Phu Long Commune was flooded and completely destroyed. Additionally, a three-tonne ship was wrecked and nearly 100m of embankments and hundreds of metres of dike in Cat Hai District were damaged. — VNS

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