Travellers face weather woes

HO CHI MINH CITY, 25 July 2017: Various meteorological sources in Vietnam have warned that more typhoons are expected to make landfall between Thanh Hoa and Quang Binh in central Vietnam 25 to 26 July.

Forecasts say tropical storms will lessen to local, tropical depressions but with possible extreme precipitation.

In its latest alert for the travel trade, Asian Trails Vietnam reported suppliers and tourism organisations in the area had confirmed heavy rainfall in the region, but not to the extent that would cause major interference or disruption of tour operations.

However, there have been a few cancellations of some sightseeing tours. Cruise operators in Halong Bay have taken appropriate action to counter possible severe weather conditions, citing that cancellation of cruise operations could be possible if weather conditions worsen.

Severe weather conditions are an annual occurrence in central North Vietnam regions extending to neighbouring countries.

Asian Trails confirmed it had applicable contingency plans in place to ensure to ensure safe services for its customers.

“We continue to monitoring the situation and remain on standby, should any immediate action need to be taken. This includes staying in contact communication with local authorities, suppliers and our guests,” the statement read.

Thailand’s Meteorological Department issued a weather warning, Monday, saying tropical storm ‘Sonca’ was passing over the upper South China Sea  about 300 km east of Vinh in Vietnam (latitude 17.2 degree North, longitude 111.2 degree East).

The storm is moving westward slowly with maximum sustained wind of about 35 knots or 65 km/hr and should make landfall in Vietnam today, 25 July.

The forecasts say storms will downgrade to a tropical depression or low-pressure cells.

The storm will pass through Laos, the upper Northeast and North Thailand bringing heavy to very heavy rain across the upper region of Thailand.

Areas facing heavy rainfall 25 to 26 July

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun.

Northeast: Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen Yasothon, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

East: Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

Rain during 27 to 28 July

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet and Tak.

Northeast: Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Chaiyaphum and Nakhon Ratchasima.

East: Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

There are threats of possible flash floods until 28 July 2017.

As the strong southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea and the South, strong winds, waves are likely two to three meters high in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats in the upper Andaman Sea should stay ashore until 29 July. This includes all tourist ferries, dive and sightseeing boats at all resorts and islands along the Andaman coast.