Heavy rain on Sunday submerged streets in Hạ Long City, Quảng Ninh Province. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the northern region, with rainfall expected to be between 100 and 250mm on Monday and next two days due to impact of typhoon Sinlaku, the second typhoon this year, the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre said.
The rainfall is forecast to be higher in some areas of Cao Bằng, Bắc Kạn, Lạng Sơn, Hà Giang, Tuyên Quang and Thái Nguyên provinces and the northeast region, with rainfall between 200-350mm or even 400mm.
Heavy rains will hit mountainous and midland provinces from August 5 and last until August 8.
From Monday, Hà Nội will experience heavy rain and thunderstorms with rainfall between 20-70mm.
The centre has also warned of possible whirlwinds, lightning and strong winds.
From 2.30pm to 8.30pm on Monday, heavy rain is predicted to hit northern localities with rainfall between 40-60mm.
Flash floods, landslides and floods are forecast in Quảng Ninh, Lạng Sơn, Bắc Cạn, Tuyên Quang, Thái Nguyên, Yên Bái, Lào Cai, Phú Thọ, Sơn La, Hòa Bình, Điện Biên and Thái Nguyên provinces and some central and Central Highlands provinces.
At a meeting on measures to overcome the consequences of the typhoon on Sunday, Nguyễn Trường Sơn, deputy general director of the General Department of Disaster Prevention, said agencies and localities have taken steps to respond to the typhoon and minimise damage.
He requested the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre continue providing forecasts, warnings, especially warnings about rain.
Provinces and cities need to pay attention to the safety of dams of hydroelectric and irrigation reservoirs, especially the water level in Hòa Bình reservoir, to serve production and electricity generation.
Heavy rains in the coming days will increase the risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous and midland provinces.
Therefore, the Standing Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control should work with the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre to monitor the situation.
Localities should proactively implement plans to ensure the safety of people and property and minimise damages, Sơn said.
According to reports, typhoon Sinlaku and heavy rains have killed two people in Quảng Ninh and Hòa Bình provinces.
More than 2,400ha of rice and 21ha of crops have been flooded in Hà Tĩnh Province.
From July 31 to August 1, heavy rains hit the Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk, flooding nearly 1,000 houses and thousands of hectares of crops.
Strong winds and heavy rains also damaged trees in Lâm Đồng Province's Đà Lạt City, injuring one person.
Heavy rains and strong winds damaged houses and caused erosion along riverbanks and coastal areas in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta over the weekend.
In Cần Thơ City, heavy rains and strong winds blew off the roofs of six houses and flattened many trees along streets in Ninh Kiều District on Sunday, according to the city’s Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue.
The city cleared fallen trees on the same day and traffic resumed to normal. There were no casualties.
In Kiên Giang Province, heavy rains and whirlwinds caused damage to many houses and construction projects on Phú Quốc District on Sunday.
In Sóc Trăng Province, heavy rains caused riverbank erosion in Long Phú District’s Song Phụng and Phú Hữu communes on Saturday.
In Song Phụng Commune’s Phụng Tường 1 Hamlet, a 40m-long and 10m-wide section of a riverside road fell into the Hậu River. The incident damaged three houses in the commune.
In Phú Hữu Commune, erosion occurred along 20m in Phú Hữu Hamlet, threatening the safety of one house.
Phạm Tấn Đạo, head of the province’s Irrigation Sub-department, said erosion along rivers, canals and coasts has occurred over a total of 2,156 metres in recent years, affecting the lives of local residents and damaging 19 houses and 400ha of mangrove forests.
High tides have also eroded 26,522m of embankments and rural roads in the province in recent years, he said. — VNS