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PODUL Forces 25,000 to Flee Their Homes in Vietnam

Posted by feww on November 16, 2013

Flash floods triggered by Tropical Storm PODUL kill 15, inundate thousands of homes in Vietnam

Tropical Depression ZORAIDA, which entered the Philippines on November 11, later intensified to a tropical storm on its way to Vietnam. The system was christened “PODUL” and designated as TS32W on November 14. PODUL made landfall in Vietnam on the same day, dumping record rainfall of of about 700mm in two days over several parts of Quang Ngai province, about 750 km south of capital Hanoi. Other Vietnamese provinces reported rainfalls of 300- 600mm.

The extreme rain event triggered widespread flash flooding, which killed at least 15 people and left one missing in central Vietnam, said Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue in a statement released on Saturday.

Floodwaters have inundated thousands of homes as well as destroying or damaging dozens of roads and large swathes of crops.

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Tropical Storm PODUL MTSAT-1R satellite image – framed at 00:00UTC on November 15, 2013. Source: Digital Typhoons.

PODUL was the 19th storms/ tropical depressions to hit Vietnam so far in 2013, said Vietnam’s National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHF). The 50-year average calculated over the 1964-2013 period is 12 storms per year.

PODUL flooding in Vietnam
Original caption: People evacuate in the flood water caused by a tropical depression in Binh Dinh province, central Vietnam, Nov. 15, 2013. Typhoon Podul, after moving towards the offshore of Vietnam’s central provinces from Phu Yen to Binh Thuan, weakened into a tropical depression on Friday, killing at least [15] people and inundating thousands of houses. (Image credit: Xinhua/VNA). More images…

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