Five people were swept away by floods in the CentralHighlands and heavy rainfall continued to hit the northern region as authorities prepared for the fifth tropical storm poised to hit Vietnam this year.
As of Friday evening, rescue agencies had not been able to find four men and a woman missing since Thursday after their car had been caught by floods in LamDongProvince.
The missing men are workers and officials of the CAVICO VN construction company, which is building the Dam B’ri hydropower plant in Lam Dong’s Bao Lam District, while authorities have yet to identify the woman, known only as Oanh.
Ha Mau Long, the only survivor from the car, told authorities that when sudden flooding on the Dam Br’i Stream hit the car, he and two other men jumped out to escape but only Long could reach the shore.
The National Hydrometeorology Forecasting Center (NHFC) said Friday the low pressure, which has caused downpours and whirlwinds in the northern region for the past several days, have moved deep to the Northwestern area.The pressure caused heavy rains Friday all over the North and the north-central provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An, resulting in flooding and hours-long traffic jams in Hanoi, authorities said.
The center predicted rains would continue in the North today and tomorrow.
Authorities, meanwhile, are preparing to deal with tropical storm Molave, which developed from a depression off the Philippines’ LuzonIsland Thursday and is moving toward the EastSea.
The Central Steering Committee for Flood Control Friday asked local authorities and flood control agencies of coastal provinces and cities stretching from Quang Ninh to Quang Ngai to monitor fishing vessels, issue warnings and supply information about the storm to offshore ships.
The committee also asked concerned agencies to keep close watch on the storm and prepare to launch rescue efforts at short notice.
The Ministry of Health on Friday also asked local medical centers to take preventive measures against disasters and relocate patients, medical personnel and facilities if needed.
The ministry also directed agencies to be prepared to receive and treat emergency cases.
The NHFC said Molave was moving northwestward at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.
As of 4 p.m. today, the eye of the storm is expected to be 410 kilometers from the east of Hong Kong with gusts of wind blowing at 89-117 kilometers per hour.
The center said the storm will affect the EastSea’s northeast region, causing very rough seas with five to seven-meter-high waves.
The storm will also cause rough seas in the middle and southern regions, generating high-speed winds in the waters off the coastal stretch between Binh Thuan to Ca Mau provinces.
Molave brought heavy rains and floods Friday to Manila and other areas in north Philippines, grounding airplanes and making the authorities suspend work in government offices and close schools, Xinhua cited local media as saying.
Fifteen domestic flights were canceled at the NinoyAquinoInternationalAirport while the presidential palace announced the suspension of work on Friday in government offices.
Tropical storm Soudelor hit northern Vietnam on Sunday July 12, causing heavy floods triggered by downpours and thunderstorms. Lightning strikes killed two people in the region.
Floods and storms frequently strike Vietnam between July and October. So far this year 80 people have already been listed as dead or missing from natural disasters.
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