7-9 storms and tropical depressions to hit East Sea this year
  • | Vietnamnet | August 02, 2016 08:35 PM
The Vietnam National Meteorological Center has said that from now until the end of the year, seven to nine storms and tropical depressions will affect the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea).

The center’s deputy director Nguyen Thanh Hai said this year typhoons and tropical depressions appear later and with fewer number than the average of previous years (12-13/year).

Of these, four to five hurricanes and tropical depressions will directly affect Vietnam in August-November.

Talking about the flood, Hai said water flows on the northern rivers in the last months of the dry season will be in the decreasing trend, with the water volume less than the average of the past several years from 10% to 30%.

The main flood season on the northern rivers is likely to appear in accordance with the average cycle, with two to three major floods. The flood peak is forecast to be similar to that in 2015.

Hai said that floods in some small streams and rivers in the northern mountainous areas may be high this year. Late flood will likely occur this year, with more flash floods and landslides.

Meanwhile, this year's flood season on the rivers in the Central Region and Central Highlands may come late. The flood peak is expected to be higher than in 2015 and will appear in August - November.

In the southern delta, flooding may come early. The flood peak on the Tien River and Hau River is likely to appear in early October and the flood peak may be higher than that in 2015.

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