Monday, October 16, 2017

Vietnam on flood alert again

Vietnam on flood alert again
Just a week after destructive floods battered Vietnam, the country is now preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Khanun.

The storm is crossing the Leizhou Peninsula and is currently located around 300 kilometres to the east of Hanoi.

Khanun was the 20th typhoon this year, having made landfall in southern China on Monday morning (local time) in Xuwen county in Guangdong province. It has since weakened significantly, and a final warning for the storm is expected to be issued by the end of Monday.

The winds may not be a problem, but Khanun is expected to spread heavy rains across southwest China into the north and central areas of Vietnam.

Rainfall totals have exceeded 100mm in places as the storm brushed the coast of southern China. Haikou recorded 123mm of rain on Sunday. Meanwhile, Shanwei notched up 135mm in the same 24-hour period.

Vietnam's disaster prevention agency said that 72 people died in last week's floods. According to the government and state-run Vietnam Television, those floods were the worst in decades.

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