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Rainfall intensity, duration and frequency of 24 consecutive hours or longer (48h, 72h,
96h) are very essential for the assessment of flood risk and the design of the reservoirs and dams in
Huong Khe district, Ha Tinh province. The analysis of flood-causing rainfall and the actual floods
from 1990 to 2012 has shown that floods usually occur when: a) 24-hour continuous rainfall
reacheds 710.6mm or more; b) Heavy rains which lasted longer than 24 hours and reached
548.9mm/24h to 630.2mm/48h or more; c) Heavy rains lasted from 72 hours to 96 hours and
reached from 534.5mm/72h to 575.6mm/96h. The following conclusions have been drawn from
analysis results of development of the empirical and theoretical exceedance frequencies of Pearson
III distribution of 24h-96h heavy rainfall: a) All the theoretical and empirical frequency data have
very high correlation coefficient from 0.891 (24h rainfall) to about 0.948 (72h-96h rainfall); b) For
24h rainfall, the actual rainfall of the empirical P of 13% to 26% is about 40mm lower than the
theoretical rainfall, while the actual rainfall of the empirical P of 8.7% is about 80mm higher than
the theoretical value, and that of the empirical P of 4.35% is about 175mm higher than the
theoretical value; the actual rainfall at empirical P of 8.7% is corresponding to theoretical P of
4.5%, and actual rainfall at empirical P of 4.35% is corresponding to theoretical P of ~1%; c) For
48h and 72h rainfall, the empirical and theoretical frequency data are very close to each other for
the P in the range of 8.7% to 30%, only empirical P of 4.35% is much far from theoretical one and
corresponding to rainfall frequency of ~1%; d) For 96h rainfall, the empirical and theoretical
frequency data are very close to each other for most P range, only empirical P of 8.7% and 4.35%
are somehow far from theoretical ones and corresponding to rainfall of theoretical frequencies of
~4.5% and ~1%, respectively.
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