HÀ NỘI — The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said on Wednesday that there was high risk of landslide in northern provinces including Thái Nguyên, Tuyên Quang and Hòa Bình.
Heavy rains have hammered the northern and north central regions since Tuesday night. Some localities like Thái Nguyên’s Phổ Yên District and Lạng Sơn’s Đình Lập District experienced rainfall of up to 68mm.
Tornados, thunderstorms and high winds were likely, according to the centre.
- Tropical Cyclone MANGKHUT, after making landfall in Baggao (Cagayan Province, northern Luzon, Philippines) on 15 September, dissipated inland over southern China on 17 September.
- As of 19 September at 6.00 UTC the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 8 deaths, 21 people injured, 148 480 people still evacuated (of which 61 271 people inside 471 evacuation centres), 1 096 799 people affected in 468 municipalities across 31 provinces (throughout seven Regions: NCR, Region I, Region II, Region III, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and CAR) and 6 479 …
NGHỆ AN — A flash flood triggered by heavy downpours has submerged schools in Yên Tĩnh Commune, Tương Dương District in the central province of Nghệ An.
Chairman of Yên Tĩnh Commune People’s Commitee Vi Văn Khiêm said heavy rains and flash flooding occurred at 10pm on Monday with floodwaters rising to 1.5m, destroying cash crops and the property of local residents.
The local authorities have mobilised hundreds of officials, policemen and soldiers to clean up mud at flooded areas to ensure safety and stabilise the people’s lives, he told a local newspaper.
ĐIỆN BIÊN — The northern mountainous province of Điện Biên has been trying to relocate residents from landslide and flood zones, but is facing a shortage of capital and available land.
One of the areas at risk is Co Pục Village in Hua Thanh Commune.
Resident Quàng Văn Lảng said that they were afraid whenever it rained.
Quàng Văn Thiêm, another villager, said that on August 16, a hill beside his house gave way and blocked the door with soil and rocks. It took several hours for volunteers to dig them out, and now they are stuck in temporary accommodation.
Regional Summary of Week 37 and Outlook for Week 38
1) In Week 37, monsoon season still prevails with large concerns raised over Super Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) which passed through Philippines and affecting China and Viet Nam.
2) Dry weather continue to persist and became key factor of wild fire in several parts of Indonesia. A drought report was also identified from Sagaing Region, Myanmar.
Clean water dropping activities were prioritized by concered governments.
a. As of 1300 hrs UTC+7, Typhoon Mangkhut has dissipated into a tropical depression and will continue to weaken. At maximum, only around 1.4 million people in 5 northern provinces of Viet Nam are exposed to intense rainfall and strong wind.
HCM CITY — Despite great efforts taken by HCM City authorities to fight flooding, many flood-control projects have been delayed by administrative procedures.
Residents of certain areas in the city have suffered from floods for decades, especially in the rainy season when roads and houses are flooded at high tide.
One of the city’s seven key economic development programmes in the 2016 – 2020 period, the flood combating programme has called for investment from the private sector
a. Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) has exited the Philippines Area of Responsibility on 15 September 2018 evening and as of 16 September 2018, 0800 hrs UTC+8 located at 20.6° N 115.6° E with maximum sustained winds of 194 kph near the center and wind gusts up to 241 kph (Category 4).
According to PAGASA, at 04:00 local time (20:00 UTC) on 15 September, the eye of TC Mangkhut made landfall in Baggao with maximum sustained winds of 200 km/h near the centre and gustiness of up to 330 km/h winds. At 14:00 local time (06:00 UTC), the eye of TC Mangkhut was located 110 km West Northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. TC Mangkhut maintains its strength as it moves in a west-north-westward direction, heading to Hong Kong, Vietnam and southern China.
Tropical cyclone MANGKHUT continued moving north-west over the Philippine Sea, slightly strengthening. On 14 September at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 545 km south-east of Cagayan Province (northern Luzon, Philippines), with maximum sustained winds of 278 km/h (intense typhoon).
• PAGASA warns that #OmphongPH increases its threat over Northern Luzon as it moves closer at the speed of 20km/h (11 knots).
• Fishermen with small seacrafts are advised against venturing out to sea (particularly along seaboard of areas with Tropical Cyclone warning and eastern seaboard of Visayas and of Mindanao).
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PAGASA mentioned that the typhoon continues threaten Northern Luzon and is expected to make landfall in the northern tip of Cagayan on 15 Sep 2018 early morning.
Currently the storm has slightly accelerated from 20km/h to 30km/h moving westward while maintaining its strength.
Tropical cyclone BARIJAT (NENENG in the Philippines) continued west over the South China Sea towards the coastal area of southern Guangdong Province and Hainan Island (China), as a tropical storm. On 12 September at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approximately 210 km south-east of Hong Kong (China) and 525 km east-south-east of Zhanjiang City (Leizhou Peninsula, southern Guangdong Province, China), with maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h. Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue west over the South China Sea as a tropical storm.
NGHỆ AN – After days of heavy rain and flooding, serious erosion was discovered near Nậm Mô Hydropower Plant in Nghệ An Province, reported online newspaper vietnamplus.vn.
Debris settled in a large area about 50 metres from the base of the hydropower dam.
The plant, located in Tà Cạ Commune, Kỳ Sơn District, sustained some damage but is still operational. Many of the plant’s internal roads were destroyed by the flow of soil and rocks.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) signed and launched a five-year programme (2018-2023) to strengthen schools’ preparedness for natural hazards.
When Trin Gim first started her biogas digester business, she raised many eyebrows. In the little district of Ung Hoa, located south of Viet Nam’s capital, Hanoi, villagers were not accustomed to seeing a woman take the reins of a business. But eight years later, Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success, but has played a role in a larger fight in Viet Nam against the devastating impacts of climate change.
Regional Summary of Week 36 and Outlook for Week 37
1) In Week 36, several minor-to-moderate disasters occurred in ASEAN countries, with similar characteristics from the previous weeks as a combination of wet condition in the northern part and dry condition in the southern part of ASEAN.
THANH HÓA — The People’s Committee of central Thanh Hóa Province has asked Quan Hóa District’s People’s Committee to ensure sufficient food and shelters and help people whose houses were swept away in the recent flash floods and landslides.
Chairman of the committee Nguyễn Đình Xứng yesterday visited flood-stricken areas in Quan Hóa District, one of the worst hit areas of the province.
Xứng asked the district’s committee to build new houses for affected people. The construction of the new houses must be completed before October 15.