Due to monumental levels of rain in the mountainous borders that feed both Hue and Hoi An's rivers over the last several days (a situation predicted to continue for another five days -with rainfall in some locations forecast to topple the 500mm mark), many of the hydroelectric dams began releasing water this morning at 09:30 and have reached warning level three (that's as high as they go).
The Provincial Disaster Control Unit have issued emergency warnings for all people in low lying areas to prepare to evacuate, stating that with the high rainfall expected from the 23rd-24th November 2017 combined with todays spring tide, the situation could get very bad.
Presently, we would recommend holding off a visit to Hue as the short term forecast looks worrying. If you are there presently and staying in the city, we'd advise making plans to move on ASAP to avoid being stranded.
For stays in Hoi An, please choose your hotel wisely - now is not the time to stay in a hotel located in the flood zone. If you need help please refer to these two articles for guidance:-
It is likely that if Hoi An floods again this week, we can expect a very similar situation to the last floods just over a week ago. Be prepared, keep an eye on this page for updates and be ready to change your plans if necessary.
Image: Vu Trong Phan