A hailstorm on Sunday blew off the tin sheet roofing from several houses in Thach Ha District in the north-central province of Ha Tinh
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thanh Nien News (Hanoi)
A hailstorm on Sunday damaged power lines and blew away the roofs of hundreds of houses in the north-central provinces of Ha Tinh and Nghe An.
In Ha Tinh Province, two people were injured; and 687 houses and three schools in the districts of Thach Ha, Cam Xuyen and Ky Anh lost their roofs.
About 28 kilometers of power lines were devastated in Thach Ha District.
The hailstorm destroyed 90 hectares of rice paddies and 35 hectares of crops in the province, inflicting damages estimated at more than VND2.5 billion (US$141,000).
In Nghe An Province, nearly 200 houses were unroofed in Thanh Duc and Thanh Nho communes in Thanh Chuong District and Cao Son Commune in Anh Son District.
Dozens of electricity poles in these districts were broken, and hundreds of hectares of rice paddies and crops suffered serious damage.
The unpredictable weather Monday caused unseasonal rains in the south and is forecast to do the same today.
Le Thi Xuan Lan, an official of the weather bureau for the southern region, said Monday’s rains in Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Ca Mau and Kien Giang came from convection clouds that had been formed by hot weather in the area.
She said the phenomenon will spread to more areas in the south tomorrow, including HCMC and the provinces of Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh; the coastal provinces and partially on areas bordering Cambodia.
The center also warned of possible storms and lightning in the coming days.
However, temperatures are expected to increase slightly in the south, with southeastern provinces expected to experience a peak of 37 degrees Celsius.
Reported by Mai Vong – Khanh Hoan