Deadly Flooding in Vietnam

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
November 20, 2013; 7:52 AM ET
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Tropical Depression 32W produced extreme rainfall and deadly flooding across parts of central Vietnam last week.

Rainfall totaled over 500 mm (20 inches) in Hue, while over 425 mm (17 inches) fell in Da Nang.

The National Floods and Storms Control Agency confirmed that 41 people died in the latest round of flooding, while about 80,000 people were forced from there homes.

In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 photo, small boats are used to ferry school children and people through floodwaters in Quang Dien District, Thua Thien Hue province in central Vietnam. Several dozen people have died from flooding caused by heavy rains in central Vietnam, with about 80,000 people forced from their homes, disaster officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Vietnam News Agency, Quoc Viet)

An official for the Central Steering Committee for Storm and Flood and Control stated that the flooding was made worse by the release of water from 10 hydroelectric plants, according to the Bangkok Post.

Some additional rainfall is expected this week as an onshore flow continues to pull moisture in from the South China Sea, however rainfall amounts will be much lower.

This round of flooding was south of areas that were hardest hit by former Typhoon Haiyan about a week earlier. That storm killed at least 13 people.

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