Tropical Storm “Nangka” makes landfall in Vietnam just three days after Linfa

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Tropical Storm "Nangka" made landfall in northern Vietnam at around 06:00 UTC on October 14, 2020. Nangka is the 16th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. The storm hit land just 3 days after Tropical Storm "Linfa" — further exacerbating flooding across the region.

Prolonged heavy rainfall is affecting Vietnam, Cambodia, and neighboring countries since the start of the month, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and claiming the lives of at least 40.

In Cambodia, an estimated 140 000 people have been affected and more than 10 000 evacuated after Tropical Storm "Linfa" moved over the country on October 11 and 12, 2020, triggering flash floods.

Image credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS. Acquired October 14, 2020

According to officials, seasonal rains made worse by Linfa triggered floods in 19 of Cambodia's 25 provinces, killing at least 11 people since the start of the month.

More than 40 000 ha (98 800 acres) of crops and paddy fields have been destroyed.

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Image credit: Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology Cambodia

Linfa made landfall in Vietnam at 03:00 UTC on October 11, bringing heavy rainfall to its central provinces.

In just 7 days, A Luoi in Hue registered 1 888 mm (74.33 inches) of rain, Khe Tre in Hue 1 788 mm (70.39 inches) while Huong Linh in Quang Tri recorded 1 520 mm (59.8 inches).

Over 370 000 customers lost power in Vietnam after the storm.

At least 29 fatalities have been confirmed in central Vietnam as of Tuesday morning, October 13. 12 others remain missing, more than 130 000 houses have been inundated, and wide swaths of crops have been damaged or destroyed.

Both countries are expecting more heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm "Nangka" which made landfall in Hainan, China at 11:20 UTC on October 13 and continued toward northern Vietnam where it made landfall on October 14 with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph).

Parts of northern and central rainfall are expecting an additional 400 mm (16 inches) of rain from Wednesday, October 14 to Friday, October 16.

Tropical Storm "Nangka" JTWC forecast track at 09:00 UTC on October 14, 2020

Image credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA. Acquired 08:30 UTC on October 14, 2020

Featured image: Tropical Storm "Nangka" at 08:30 UTC on October 14, 2020. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA

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