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Typhoon Dianmu passes over northern provinces

The remnants of Typhoon Dianmu passed over northern Laos yesterday, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rain after making landfall in north-central Vietnam on Thursday night.

The tropical storm brought direct impacts to northern provinces such as Huaphan, Phongsaly and Xieng Khuang, while rain also extended over the central provinces, according to the Lao Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

Villagers in Kham district, Xieng Khuang province have seen their houses inundated.

Strong winds and heavy rain as a result of the passing of the typhoon caused landslides, flash flooding, and rising river levels, particularly in Mekong River tributaries.

Many tributaries in northern areas are now at high to dangerous levels.

Meanwhile people in the central provinces, especially those living along the Xebangfay and Xan river catchments, can also expect flood impacts.

The flash flooding in the northern provinces has inundated people's houses, and caused losses of livestock, poultry and farmed fish stocks.

Some roads linking northern districts are now difficult to travel on but passable while other routes have been completely cut off by landslides or washouts.

The department had already warned members of the public on Wednesday August 17 to prepare and be ready for this tropical storm.

Authorities remain concerned that people living along the tributaries of the Mekong may suffer worse impacts as waters can rise quickly in areas outside the flood plains.

Rain is expected to continue in the northern provinces until August 21, after which the weather is expected to clear.

Flash flooding so far this rainy season has caused thousands of hectares of upland and wet season rice to be damaged, along with the loss of hundreds of livestock, as well as po ultry and fish stocks.

Many roads and irrigation systems have also suffered varying extents of damage. Most of the victims are people who live in northern and central provinces, local media has reported.

However, all scheduled Lao Airlines domestic flights from Wattay International Airport in Vientiane still departed yesterday, despite the storm passing over Laos.

Vietnam's domestic airlines had to cancel numerous flights arriving or departing from the country's northern and central airports yesterday due to Typhoon Dianmu.

Dianmu, the third typhoon to hit Vietnam so far this year, was forecast to make landfall in the country's northern region from Hai Phong City to Ninh Binh province at around 10 a m local time on Friday.

The strongest gales were predicted at 75-100 km per hour, according to the National Centre of Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting of Vietnam.

Following such forecasts, the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines cancelled ten flights departing and arriving at northern Hai Phong City's Cat Bi airport, and central Thanh Hoa province's Tho Xuan airport yesterday.

South China's Hainan and Guangdong provinces were also hit by the same Typhoon, causing heavy rains and landslides in the region.



By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
August 20,

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