Severe Gales & Hailstorms Batter Northern Vietnam

Hail Formation Alert

Strong gusts and hailstorms have raged in the northern provinces of Ha Giang and Lao Cai over the past several days, damaging about 1,000 houses and many crops, and causing a loss of over VND5.7 billion (US$270,700). 
Early Sunday morning, hail and strong winds lasting 30 minutes in Pa Vi Commune and Meo Vac Town, Ha Giang Province, blew away the roofs of dozens of houses and ruined many crops.
According to the provincial National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center, many other locations of the province, including Hoang Du Phi, Dong Van, and Meo Vac Districts, have suffered the same situation since April 1.
On April 4, a powerful hailstorm, supported by huge gusts, caused damage to more than 100 houses, 16 schools, and many hectares of crops as it hit Mau Dua, Ngoc Long, and Ngam La Communes and Yen Minh Town. 
About 900 houses and many health stations and schools have been destroyed in Ha Giang with a total loss of more than VND5 billion ($237,500), according to provincial authorities.
In Lao Cai Province, bordering Ha Giang, another hailstorm with fierce winds lashed Bat Xat, Bao Yen, Sa Pa District, and the provincial capital Lao Cai City on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
The storm ravaged at least 70 houses, of which 35 were in Bat Xat, and many schools and crop areas. It also knocked down the Bat Xat District TV tower.
According to initial calculations, the devastation amounted to over VND700 million ($33,250) worth of damage.   
Meanwhile, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center said it is closely monitoring movements of tropical storm Peipah, currently blowing in from the Philippines.
The storm may get stronger and enter the East Sea in three days, the center said.

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