Flooding Affects Thousands in Vietnam
Ongoing heavy rainfall continues to impact parts of Vietnam—especially the central provinces—which for the past few weeks have experienced seasonal heavy rains and severe weather conditions as typhoons Sarika and Haima tracked through the region (Floodlist, NASA).
As of November 2, heavy rainfall triggered flooding that affected more than 8,000 homes throughout the provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Ha Tinh (ECHO). According to reports, more than 80 schools and colleges in Ha Tinh province have been closed due to flooding, leaving an estimated 30,000 students without access to education (Floodlist).
Rain remains in the forecast for much of Vietnam over the next few days, and a Tropical Depression Warning is in effect for a system in the South China Sea (NCHMF).
RVA Country Profile: Vietnam
This Week in Hazards
- Heavy rainfall at the start of the week led to flooding in parts of the Dominican Republic, including the city of Santiago and surrounding areas (Redhum). According to reports (as of November 1), flooding affected major roads and stranded vehicles, but had not damaged homes or required the evacuation of residents living in vulnerable areas.
- Recently formed Tropical Storm Meari is active in the Western North Pacific (PDC Weather Wall). After starting out Thursday as a Tropical Depression, Meari quickly intensified into a Tropical Storm, and is expected to strengthen into a Typhoon over the weekend (NASA). As of November 3 (2100 UTC), Meari is located approximately 641 nautical miles south-southwest of Iwo To (formerly known as Iwo Jima), Japan, with maximum sustained winds at 45 knots (52 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning #5).
Current Hazard Warnings
High Surf: United States (Hawaii)
Flood: Australia (Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland), Indonesia, Vietnam, Argentina, Dominican Republic
Drought: Sri Lanka, United States (Western, Southern, Northeastern)
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