Affected by the northerly cold front, central provinces in the central region suffered heavy rains and fierce winds up to 89-102 kilometers an hour on Thursday. Several boats were reported drifting at sea.
Hanoi weather is very cold on December 16 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
At 9am, the same day, rescue forces in Da Nang City, received emergency calls from two fishing boats, which had over 20 men on board.
The boats from Quang Ngai Province went adrift to the dangerous waters off the city’s Son Tra District because of big waves and violent winds.
The Da Nang Maritime Rescue Cooperation Center Zone II immediately dispatched a rescue boat to guide the boats to safety.
In Quang Nam Province, the seas in Cu Lao Cham Island were strongly rough with gusts up to level 11 (103-117 kilometers an hour). Three boats drifted dangerously in the waters. However, local fishermen soon towed them to safety.
In Da Nang City, several people travelling on the Song Han, Tuyen Son and Nguyen Van Troi bridges had been affected by the strong winds.
In the meantime, torrential rains and tornado uprooted trees causing one to fall on a parked car in Phung Hung Street, Hue City.
The heavy rains have also damaged hundreds of hectares of flowers along the Huong and Bo rivers. These were to be on sale for the coming Tet holiday.
Over the last few days, the northern region has suffered extreme cold, with Lang Son Province being one of worst hit places.
At 4am on Thursday, the top of Mau Son Mountain, which is in the Loc Binh District, began seeing ice and snow, as the temperature dropped to -0.8 degree Celsius.
Northeasterly winds peaked to level seven (50-61 kilometers an hour) in the mountain.