Heavy rains hit central localities and Central Highlands

Tuesday, 2020-12-01 09:31:06
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Flooding has submerged vegetable crops along Da Nhim River in Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province. (Photo: NDO/Bao Van)
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NDO – Heavy rains have hit the provinces from Quang Binh to Ninh Thuan and the Central Highlands, causing damages to locals.

According to the national weather service, due to the influence of an intensified cold spell in combination with high east wind turbulence, heavy rains have hit several places in the central region and the Central Highlands in the past few days, with rainfall ranging from 50 to 80 mm in localities from Thua Thien Hue to Khanh Hoa, and even reaching as high as 224 mm in Tam Tra (Quang Nam Province), from November 29-30.

It is warned that heavy rains will continue today (December 1) in the regions, with the total popular rainfall ranging from 50-100mm, and may even exceed 100mm in some places.

Northern provinces and the north-central province of Thanh Hoa are in the influence of the reported cold spell, seeing temperature plunge to the lowest from 14-17C, even below 10C in mountainous areas. It doesn't rain in Hanoi, with the lowest temperature in the capital city ranging from 16-18C.

Heavy rains have caused water levels to rise on local rivers from Quang Nam to Ninh Thuan and Central Highlands, triggering a high risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas, as well as flooding in low-lying, riverside and urban areas in the provinces from Thua Thien Hue to Ninh Thuan and the Central Highlands region.

Heavy rains flooding roads in Phan Rang - Thap Cham City. (Photo: NDO/Nguyen Trung)

By early afternoon on November 30, in Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province, there were about 355 hectares of vegetables along the banks of Da Nhim River flooded due to heavy rains that lasted for three days. Heavy rain also caused some roads in the district to be eroded.

On the same day, Lam Dong’s competent forces finished clearing landslides from Khanh Le Pass on Highway 27C to resume transport on the route that connects the two provinces of Lam Dong and Khanh Hoa.

Heavy rains also caused damages to localities in Dak Lak Province as houses collapsed and cultivated areas were flooded while local routes suffered from landslides. Authorities in the communes of Hoa Le and Hoa Phong in Krong Bong District have relocated local households to safer places, as well providing financial assistance to repair collapsed houses.

Heavy rains have caused landslides, burying a section of National Road 26 passing Cu Mta Commune, M’Drak District, in Dak Lak Province. (Photo: NDO/Nguyen Cong Ly)

On November 30, Dak Lak Province commenced water discharge on seven local reservoirs due to prolonged heavy rains. The flood discharge is carried out in accordance with the approved regulatory process, ensuring safety of the reservoirs and downstream areas. Local households in downstream areas at risk of flooding have been moved to safe locations.

Also on November 30, the People's Committee of Tuyen Hoa District (Quang Binh Province) said that the recent historic flooding has caused three local mountainous areas to be eroded, affecting the lives of 71 households, of which 41 households have been forced to relocate. To stabilise the lives of local households, Tuyen Hoa District is building a resettlement plan suitable to production and living habits of local people.