Two die as storm Sinlaku sweeps through northern Vietnam
Storm Sinlaku, the second of its kind to enter the East Sea since the beginning of this year, has caused two deaths, according to reports from the provinces at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3.
One man was killed in a landslide in the northern province of Quang Ninh and the other was swept away by floods in the northern province of Hoa Binh as the storm landed on August 2, bringing torrential rains in northern and north central Vietnam.
According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, torrential rains will continue in northern provinces until August 8.
The centre also warned of flash floods and landslides in Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Son La, Phu Tho, Bac Kan, and Thai Nguyen.
Deputy General Director of the Natural Disaster Management Authority and Deputy Office Chief of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Nguyen Truong Son required localities to pay attention to safety at hydropower dams and reservoirs, and prepare plans to ensure safety for residents in high-risk areas.
He also asked the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting to continue updating the latest information and warnings about rains in the next days to serve management and communications work.
Heavy rains, strong winds damage houses in Mekong Delta
Heavy rains and strong winds damaged houses and caused erosion along riverbanks and coastal areas in the Mekong Delta over the weekend (August 1-2).
|An erosion incident in Soc Trang|
In Can Tho city, heavy rains and strong winds blew off the roofs of six houses and flattened many trees along streets in Ninh Kieu district on August 2, 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.
Over the weekend, the city faced heavy rains on a large scale caused by the impact of Sinlaku, which was the second storm hitting the country this year which weakened to a tropical depression when it landed in the north-central region on August 2.
In Hau Giang province, three houses were flattened and the roofs of three other houses were blown off in Long My district and Vi Thanh city.
Tran Thanh Toan, head of the province’s Irrigation Sub - department and Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue, said local forces helped affected households clear the flattened houses.
In Kien Giang province, heavy rains and whirlwinds caused damage to many houses and construction projects on Phu Quoc district.
In the district’s An Thoi town, seven houses were flooded and five houses' roofs blew off. Five fishing boats in the town sank after being hit by strong waves and 12 fishermen on the boats were swept into the sea but were rescued.
Strong waves also flattened a house near the coast in the district’s Ganh Dau commune.
In Soc Trang province, heavy rains caused riverbank erosion in Long Phu district’s Song Phung and Phu Huu communes on August 1.
In Song Phung commune’s Phung Tuong 1 hamlet, a 40 metre - long, 10 metre - wide section of a riverside road fell into the Hau River. The incident damaged three houses in the commune.
In Phu Huu commune, erosion occurred along 20m in Phu Huu hamlet, threatening the safety of one house.
Pham Tan Dao, 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.
Downpours cause serious damage in localities
Heavy rains killed at least two persons in the northern province of Quang Ninh as of 5pm on August 3, reported the Office of the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control.
In the central province of Thanh Hoa, downpours also left several villages isolated and caused landslides in Quan Son district.
Hoa Binh, Yen Bai and Nghe An provinces also suffered heavy material losses.
Affected cities and provinces were asked to seriously follow the Prime Minister’s Dispatch No.1021/CD-TTg dated August 1 and Document No.297/VPTT dated August 3 of the office to actively cope with flash floods and landslides in the north. VNA