(VOV) - Between 6 and 7 tropical storms are likely to hit Vietnam in 2012, 1 or 2 storms more than last year, says Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre.
This year, Tang says, tropical low pressure and storms will either be formed or enter the East Sea earlier than previous years. The first tropical low pressure swirled off the East Sea last February, but did not hit southern Vietnam.
The storm season will begin in May and June this year, and storms are forecast to be more powerful and complicated, says Tang.
The rainy season will arrive earlier than previous years. Heavy rains will cause widespread flooding in major areas, mostly in the Mekong River Delta.
As the rainy season comes early, droughts are not as severe as in previous years, mostly in the Central Highland, central coastal and Mekong River regions.
Sea water will infiltrate coastal areas deeper than usual due to low water levels in rivers, says Tang.