Vietnam – Over 70 Killed in Floods, Further Warnings as Cyclone Khanun Approaches

The death toll from recent flooding and landslides in Vietnam now stands at 72, the country’s disaster prevention agency reported yesterday, 15 October, 2017.

Parts of Thailand have also seen flooding over the last few days.  Authorities have reported floods in 9 provinces and media report that 3 people have died.

Meanwhile, severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of northern Vietnam as Tropical Cyclone Khanun moves over the Gulf of Tonkin.

Vietnam

Deaths have occurred in the provinces of Son La (6), Yen Bai (15), Hoa Binh (23), Thanh Hoa (16), Nghe An (9), Hanoi (2) and Quang Tri (1).

Thirty people are still missing, including 13 in Yen Bai and 10 in Hoa Binh.

A tropical depression brought heavy rain to parts of northern and central Vietnam from 08 October. Between 10 and 11 October, 290 mm of rain fell in Bai Thuong (Thanh Hoa) in a 24 hour period.

Further rain fell between 12 to 15 October, with some areas recording almost 150 mm in 24 hours.  However, according to Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for Disaster Management (CCNDP), levels of all significant rivers in the area have started to fall and are forecast to fall further.

CCNDP reported that communities in Nong Cong and Yen Dinh districts in Thanh Hoa Province are cut off as a result of flooding and landslides.

Thailand

According to Thai news agency, NNT, floods have affected 9 provinces in Thailand, including including Lop Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Tak, Phichit and Uthai Thani, which is reportedly among the worst affected. The Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department earlier declared eight districts in Uthai Thani flood-hit disaster zones.

According to Reuters, 3 people had been killed in flooding since last Tuesday, 10 October. The capital, Bangkok, was hit by heavy rain over the weekend, with gridlocked traffic bringing parts of the city to a standstill.

Tropical Cyclone Khanun

Meanwhile Vietnam is bracing itself for further severe weather with the approach of Tropical Cyclone Khanun.

According to European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the cyclone formed over the Philippine Sea on 12 October. Khanun passed over parts of the northern Philippines on 13 October, then Guangdong Province, China on 15 October. On 16 October at 0.00 UTC its centre was located over the Gulf of Tonkin approx 100 km west-northwest of Xuwen city (Guangdong Province) with maximum sustained wind speeds of 65 km/h.

Over the next 24 hours, Khanun is forecast to continue moving southwestward over the Gulf of Tonkin weakening into a Tropical Depression and heavy rain and strong winds may affect coastal regions of northern Vietnam.

Flood Summary

Last updated: October 20, 2017
Event
Vietnam and Thailand, October 2017
Date
October 9 to October 20, 2017
Type
Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Yen Bai
B - Hoa Binh
C - Thanh Hoa
D - Nghe An
E - Son La
F - Hanoi

Magnitude

Rainfall level
225 mm in 24 hours
Phu Yen (Son La) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
290 mm in 24 hours
Bai Thuong (Thanh Hoa) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
252 mm in 24 hours
Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
211 mm in 24 hours
Cua Dat (Thanh Hoa) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
211 mm in 24 hours
Cao Phong (Hoa Binh) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
272 mm in 24 hours
Annam (Thanh Hoa) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
178 mm in 24 hours
Cua Cam (Hai Phong) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
244 mm in 24 hours
Bai Thuong (Thanh Hoa) - October 10 to October 11, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
72 people
October 9 to October 16, 2017
Buildings destroyed
200 buildings
October 9 to October 12, 2017