Tropical depression weakens over Laos

By Gia Chinh   September 25, 2023 | 06:25 pm PT
Tropical depression weakens over Laos
A satellite image of the low-pressure area on September 26, 2023. Photo by National Center for Hydro Meteorological Forecasting
A tropical depression that has brought heavy downpours to Vietnam's central region landed in Laos and became a low-pressure area on Monday morning.

According to the National Center for Hydro Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, the low pressure lay centered in southern Laos with wind speed of less than 39 kph.

In the next 12 hours, it is forecast to move in the west-northwest direction at 15 kph, continue to weaken and disappear.

Impacts from the depression have led to heavy downpours in Vietnam's central region.

Within 24 hours from 8 p.m. on Sunday, Quang Binh Province received 400 mm of rainfall while Thua Thien Hue got 370 mm and Ha Tinh 230 mm.

From 7:00 p.m. on Monday to 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, many places in the region received over 100 mm of rain.

The NCHMF said though the tropical depression has gone, its circulation will continue to bring heavy rains to central and Central Highlands regions until Thursday, with rainfall expected at 150-350 mm from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh provinces and up to 400 mm in some places.

Under its impacts, Hanoi and nearby localities will also have heavy rains in some places.

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