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Deadly flooding, landslides and destructive tornado strike parts of Vietnam

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At least two people died after severe weather– including heavy rains, strong winds, lightning strikes, and a destructive tornado– hit parts of Vietnam over the past few days, from September 11 to 14, 2020. Wide swaths of crops were inundated and hundreds of houses were partially or totally damaged.

On September 11 to 12, heavy rains triggered a landslide in Ha Giang Province, killing one person. According to the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (DMA), more than 60 houses and around 10 ha (25 acres) of rice crops were submerged.

Several areas in the province recorded more than 130 mm (5 inches) of rain in a 24 hour period, including Vi Thuong with 157 mm (6 inches), Vi Xuyen 131 mm (5 inches), and Thai An 152 mm (5.9 inches).

In Yen Bai, property damage was reported after flooding struck. Thac Ba registered 103 mm (4 inches) of rain in a 24-hour period to September 14.

Strong winds sweep through the south of the country, damaging several homes in An Giang Province.

A destructive tornado was reported in Long Ho District in Vinh Long Province on September 11, leaving around 100 homes damaged or destroyed.

In Vinh Phuc Province, a man lost his life after getting struck by lightning. Meanwhile, in Dien Bien, a large mudflow blocked parts of a national highway, resulting in major traffic disruption.

The severe weather came before Tropical Storm "Noul" formed on September 15, the 11th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season, which is forecast to make landfall in the central provinces of Vietnam on Friday afternoon, September 18.

As of September 16, authorities in the country are preparing to evacuate around half a million people to safety.

Featured image credit: Truyền Hình Đồng Tháp/YouTube

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