Quang Ngai is preparing to evacuate over 12,000 residents to avoid flooding in the downstream of the Tra Khuc, Ve and Tra Cau rivers.
Floodwater rose in the central region
At 7 pm on October 28, Dinh Xuan Sam, chairman of Nghia Hanh District People's Committee said the whole district has been isolated. "The floodwater rose very quickly. Many houses still haven't been repaired. Some houses are under 1.5-2 metres of water. We are doing our best to carry out search and rescue missions," he said.
According to the plan, all residents in low-lying areas like Hanh Dung, Hanh Nhan and Hanh Duc communes in Nghia Hanh District will be evacuated on October 29. Everyone was worried that they wouldn't have anywhere to stay. Many houses were unroofed and haven't been repaired as the floodwater rose.
A total of 12,000 people in Mo Duc, Nghia Hanh and Duc Pho districts will be evacuated to avoid flooding.
Party Secretary of Quang Ngai Province Bui Thi Quynh Van and the Chairman of Quang Ngai People's Committee Dang Van Minh went on a field survey to direct the responses against flooding and landslides.
Meanwhile, 13 workers are stuck on a container house amid Tra Khuc River. Because of strong currents, Quang Ngai authorities had to ask reservoirs to temporarily stop discharging water so that they could carry out the rescue mission.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong issued an urgent directive on October 28 to the authorities and reservoir managers in Danang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Kon Tum to evacuate residents accordingly to avoid flooding.
The authorities must also send employees to regulate traffic so drivers can avoid flooded areas.
Road closure causes severe traffic congestion at Hai Van Tunnel
More than 1,200 cars and trucks have stuck at the Hai Van Tunnel due to road blockages during Storm Molave.
As of 6 pm on October 28, the line of vehicles on National Highway 1 in Phu Loc District, Thua Thien-Hue, was over 10km long.
From 12.30 am to 6.30 pm on October 28, the Hai Van Tunnel that connects Thua Thien-Hue and Danang was gradually closed both ways to prevent drivers from going near Storm Molave.
The police in Phu Loc District and Thua Thien-Hue Province and local authorities have provided 5,000 meals and 1,000 water bottles to thousands of drivers that got stuck there.
The authorities are still monitoring the situation and evaluate traffic safety issues in complicated weather conditions.
Heavy rains to continue in central provinces
Some central provinces are forecasted to see heavy downpours from now until October 31.
According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, a cold spell is hitting the centre following the Storm Molave, bringing heavy rains to these regions, especially in provinces from Nghe An to Quang Binh.
"From 7pm on October 28 to 1am on October 29, heavy rains were reported in many provinces in the central region with some areas in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh recording a rainfall of up to 108 mm," the centre reported.
"Rains will continue until October 31 from Nghe An to Quang Binh, with total rainfall of between 200-400mm." Nguoilaodong/Dtinews