Pabuk moves away from Vietnam, leaving heavy rainfall

Tropical storm Pabuk has been moving away from the waters off the southern region of Vietnam but still causing heavy rainfall for the last several days, inundating tens of thousands of winter spring rice crop and damaging Tet flower production in the Mekong Delta.

A fishing boat moving to shelter in Ca Mau province (Photo: SGGP)

A fishing boat moving to shelter in Ca Mau province (Photo: SGGP)

At 7 a.m. this morning, the storm was centered 330 kilometers west southwest of Ca Mau Cap in the southernmost point of Vietnam and 270 kilometers southwest of Tho Chu Island in Kien Giang province. Wind power was measured at grade 9 moving 75-90 kilometers an hour.
In the next 24 hours, the storm will move west northwest at 15-20 kilometers an hour. By 4 a.m. on January 5, it will be in the waters west of Phuket province, Thailand.
Coastal provinces in the Mekong Delta continued guiding and calling boats to take shelter on January 3.
Heavy rain triggered by the storm have flattened thousands of hectares of winter spring rice crop in Soc Trang province. Long lasting downpour also affected Tet flower production in Ben Tre and Tien Giang province. Cho Lach district in Ben Tre has reported 700,000 damaged flower pots prepared for Tet holiday.
Thousands of other pots are unlikely to blossom in the right time of the holiday in My Tho city, Tien Giang province.
The center said that  Mekong Delta provinces especially Ca Mau and Kien Giang continues seeing medium to heavy rainfall on January 4.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Anh

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