The highest water levels of the year in northern rivers were forecast to appear in late July and August, reported the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre.
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Levels were expected to be even higher than last year, said the deputy director of the centre, Le Thanh Hai.
In the southern region, levels in the Tien and Hau rivers were also expected to surpass last year's, and early flooding was likely to occur on the Mekong this month, Hai said.
The centre warned that widescale flooding would appear in both rivers and streams in the central highland region.
Areas at risk have been advised to prepare for strong storms, flooding, flash floods and landslides, especially in mountainous areas in northern, central and central highland regions.
Central and southern provinces have also been warned to be ready for an increased number of strong storms, due to climate change.
In the past, those storms only hit the southern region once every ten years, but more recently, they had appeared more regularly in 1997, 2000 and 2006, he said.
The centre had difficulties forecasting storms due to uncompleted observational data and abnormal weather conditions this year, Haøi said.
However, we would make every effort to give early and prompt warnings to the public, he said. – VNS