|Traffic police ( in yellow) adjust traffic situation at the flooded Lý Thường Kiệt - Phan Bội Châu intersection after a torrential rain in Hà Nội.— VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn|
HÀ NỘI — The People’s Committee of Hà Nội has asked the relevant agencies to warn residents to not go out if they feel a thunderstorm is approaching.
The warning was issued after the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting predicted that torrential rains and thunderstorms starting Tuesday morning would continue to hit Hà Nội and northern localities until June 20.
Residents were told not to use the bridges of Thăng Long, Nhật Tân, Vĩnh Tuy and other flyovers in the city when thunderstorms occurred to avoid unexpected incidents that could threaten their safety, the committee said.
Additionally, residents were advised to not use the streets of Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Trần Duy Hưng and Dương Đình Nghệ. These streets having several high-rise buildings often experience strong winds during thunderstorms.
The city’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department was tasked to co-operate with the forecasting centre to give residents the latest weather updates, so that they could actively prepare, the committee said.
In another movement, the national forecasting centre also predicted that floods could appear in the rivers of Thao and Lô between Thursday and Saturday, the flood amplitude being about 3m to 5m.
The northern mountainous province of Lai Châu, Sơn La, Điện Biên, Lào Cai, Yên Bái and Hà Giang have been put on high alert for flash floods and landslides. —VNS