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Three hot spells in June
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Northern provinces will have 3-4 medium and heavy rains and 2-3 hot spells in June.
Meanwhile central provinces will brave the hottest weather but see a little rain, said Bui Minh Tang, Director of the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

He warned that there will be shortages of water for agricultural production and daily use as the drought will last until the end of July in both central and southern regions.

With rainfall in the Central Highland and southern regions estimated at a higher level than in previous years, the shortage of water won’t be as serious as before.

By early June, most irrigation reservoirs from Thanh Hoa to Quang Ngai could operate at 65-88 percent of their design capacity due to the slow flow of most rivers in the central region.

As June is the high of the rainy season in the northern region there may be whirlwind, heavy rain and hailstone, especially flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas.

Since early this year, there have been as many as 80 whirlwinds and hailstones in 29 provinces and cities, killing 7 people, injuring 113 others and destroying 44,000 houses and 15,000 hectares of rice and subsidiary crops. Damages are estimated at VND668 billion.

The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has asked the Government to allocate VND80 billion and 300 tonnes of rice for affected provinces, including VND30 billion and 300 tonnes of rice for Lao Cai, VND15 billion for Cao Bang, VND10 billion for Ha Giang, VND5 billion for Lai Chau, VND5 billion for Phu Tho, VND5 billion for Nghe An and VND5 billion for Binh Dinh.

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