Hailstorms, whirlwinds wreak havoc in many locations in northern VN

  • April 22, 2016

Hailstorms and whirlwinds have plagued many localities over the past few days, causing a number of injuries and fatalities and damaging thousands of houses, officials reported.

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Trees and electricity poles fell as a result of whirlwinds in Lai Chau Province. — Photo baolaichau.vn 

Hailstorms killed one person and injured two others in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang on Tuesday, according to the provincial steering committee on natural disasters. The hail destroyed houses in Yen Minh District, killing a three-year-old boy and injuring a 23-year-old woman. Meanwhile, a 78-year-old woman from Meo Vac District was injured by a falling tree. The southern province of Binh Phuoc also suffered losses estimated at VNĐ5 billion (US$225,000) due to the collapse of houses and other facilities, caused by the whirlwinds.

On Wednesday, heavy rains accompanied by whirlwinds and lightning killed one person and injured two others in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau, in addition to damaging 419 houses and 15 classrooms in the Muong Te and Tam Duong districts. More than 50ha of crops were destroyed.

Torrential rains accompanied by whirlwinds also damaged hundreds of houses, killed local cattle and destroyed dozens of hectares of crops in the northern mountainous provinces of Tuyen Quang and Dien Bien and the central province of Thanh Hoa, as well as the central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

Local authorities of these localities have sent working teams to the affected areas to provide timely assistance to the local people and guide prompt efforts to help them recover in the aftermath.

In Thanh Hoa Province, local authorities provided households that suffered great losses from the disasters VNĐ3 million each, while in Gia Lai Province, each affected household received financial aid of between VNĐ500,000 and VNĐ1 million.

The National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre has warned localities in the north and northern central regions to stay alert for possible hailstorms and whirlwinds over the next few days and to take preparatory measures to reduce any damages.


Source: VietNamNet

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