Heavy rains lash central Vietnam as Typhoon Sinlaku weakens into tropical depression

By Nguyen Bang, Thanh Nien News

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A map provided by the National Center for Hydrometereological Forecast charted the path Typhoon Sinlaku will take towards Vietnam’s south-central coast on Sunday 

Typhoon Sinlaku, the fourth tropical storm that hit Vietnam this year, has weakened into a depression after slamming into the south central coast and causing torrential rains on Saturday.
According to the National Center for Search and Rescue, the depression brought strong winds and heavy rains to Phu Yen, Binh Dinh and Gia Lai provinces on Sunday.
As of press time, no human fatalities were reported, the center said. But in Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces, the rains blew off the roofs of hundreds of houses, capsized dozens of boats and inundated around 4,000 hectares (9,884 acres) of paddy fields, the center said.
Water levels on rivers in Quang Ngai, Phu Yen, Gia Lai and Kon Tum also rose quickly and reached alarming levels 1 and 2 on Sunday. Level 3 is the highest.
Coastal areas of Binh Dinh and Phu Yen measured strong winds at the speed of 39-49 km per hour on Sunday morning and rough waves of 2-4 meters high.
On Saturday, Sinlaku brought downpours, strong winds and rough waves to communities between the central provinces of Quang Ngai and Khanh Hoa, which includes the resort town of Nha Trang.

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