Vietnam – 2,000 Homes Damaged by Winds and Rain From Tropical Storm ‘Matmo’

Tropical Storm Matmo brought strong winds and heavy rain to southern central provinces of Vietnam from 31 October, 2019.

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Matmo in the South China Sea on Oct. 30, 2019 as it was nearing the coast of southeastern central Vietnam. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)

Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority reports that 1 person is missing and 14 have been injured. Before the storm hit authorities had moved around 20,000 people to safer areas in the provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Quang Ngai.

According to Disaster Management Authority figures, 179 houses were destroyed in the storm, in areas of Quang Ngai (07), Binh Dinh (144) and Phu Yen (28) provinces. Over 2,000 homes were also damaged, with around 1,750 of them in Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai provinces combined. Around 35 school buildings have also been damaged in Quang Ngai (11), Binh Dinh (15) and Phu Yen (9).

Flooding and landslides left stretches of road blocked in areas of Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa. Strong winds, waves and storm surge damaged long stretches of sea embankment along coastal parts of Binh Dinh. Over 5,000 hectares of crops were also damaged, mostly in Binh Dinh but also in Quang Ngai and Phu Ye.

Several locations in Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai saw more than 300mm of rain between 29 and 31 October, 2019. Minh Long in Quang Ngai recorded 383mm and An Hoa in Binh Dinh 345mm.

Heavy rain left river levels high including the Kien Giang river at Le Thuy in Quang Binh (2.44metres as of 31 October); the Tra Khuc river at Tra Khuc, Quang Ngai (3.64 metres) and the Ve River at Sông Vệ in Quang Ngai (3.11 metres).