VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam will have a long summer and more storms than previous years, according to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre (NCHMF).
Five or six major storms will hit Vietnam.
Last winter was already abnormal as the northern region only experienced one long cold spell that lasted for 17 days.
In 2012, the mountainous areas in northwest region also experienced heat with some localities’ temperature up to 37 degrees Celsius. While this summer is expected to be longer with the peak in May and June.
According to the NCHMF, the East Sea will face about 11 to 13 storms and tropical depressions, with five to six storms having a direct impact on Vietnam.
The storms will also occur sooner, posing great risks of landslide and flooding, especially in the mountainous areas of the north and Central Highlands.
“In the first months of 2013, the southern region witnessed its earliest storms in the East Sea over the past 30 years,” Luu Minh Hai, Director of the Lao Cai Province Hydro Meteorological Centre said.
Concerning droughts, the north might be able to welcome the rainy season soon, in around May to July, while rain will not come to the south central coast until late August. However, the level of rainfall is expected to be higher than normal.
Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of the National Hydro-meteorology Forecasting Centre said the Central Highlands and south central coast are facing extreme water shortages. Droughts even appeared in many provinces such as Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, Dak Lak and Gia Lai, threatening people’s lives with food and water shortages.
Although several small rains have fallen during the first months of 2013, they have little effect on the extreme condition of the region and the rivers and springs continue to run dangerously low.
The provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An and the Central Highlands have suffered a 10-30% drop in water levels and the figure is as high as 30-70% in Ha Tinh and Binh Thuan provinces.