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Central Vietnam forecast to witness heavy floods due to torrential rains

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HCMC – Apart from a low pressure system centered some 200 kilometers from the south-central provinces, the East Sea is forecast to experience some more low pressure systems or storms next week, causing torrential rains and high flood tides in many provinces in the central region of Vietnam.

Speaking at a meeting responding to heavy rains and low pressure systems today, October 7, Mai Van Khiem, director of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, said the low pressure system was forecast not to strengthen, Tuoi Tre Online reported.

In the next 24 hours, the low pressure zone is expected to move westward at 15 kilometers per hour and head to the mainland of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces.

On October 13 and 14, another tropical depression may strengthen into a storm in the East Sea. Due to the impact of the tropical depression, the central region is forecast to experience two rounds of heavy rain, with rainfall averaging at 500-1,000 millimeters.

The provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai are likely to see torrential rains from October 7 to 11, while the second round of rain will occur from October 12 to 14.

Torrential rains are expected to cause flash floods in the western mountainous area of the north-central and south-central regions, Khiem said.

The water levels of the Ngan Sau and Ngan Pho rivers will reach an alarming level No. 2, while some rivers in Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Quang Ngai provinces are forecast to see their water levels rise to level No. 3.

Closing the meeting, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Hoang Hiep said that departments and localities in the central region should proactively adopt appropriate measures to cope with the low depression and rains. Moreover, the provinces should mobilize forces and vehicles to support the flooded areas.

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