By Mai Ngoc Chau
The northern area of Vietnamís Central Highlands is at risk of damage from Typhoon Molave today through Oct. 29, Dak Lak Weather Forecasting Office says in an email.
The area, comprising the provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum, is seen receiving as much as 100-200mm of rain beginning this evening, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting
Gia Lai and Kon Tum may experience winds of 60-75 km per hour with gusts at up to 100 km per hour, the center says
Dak Lak province, which accounts for 30% of the nationís coffee production, is projected to have 20-50mm of rain this evening through Wednesday with some areas receiving downpours of 50-100mm, the provincial weather office says in the same email
The national center forecasts the typhoonís landfall in the next 24 to 48 hours from the coastal city of Danang to Phu Yen province, bringing 200-400mm of rain before weakening into a tropical depression, the center says
NOTE: Gia Lai and Kon Tum are two of the five coffee-planting Central Highlands provinces, which together provide more than 90% of Vietnamís coffee output
Typhoon Kills 9 in Philippines Before Heading to Vietnam (1)
By Ditas Lopez and Mai Ngoc Chau
Typhoon Molave killed at least nine people and left 13 others missing in the Philippines, according to disaster-response officials, before heading over to the South China Sea on its way to Vietnam.
The storm affected more than 900,000 in the Philippines before exiting at about 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Itís seen to further intensify over the sea and reach its peak within 24 hours, the Philippine weather bureau said.
The northern area of Vietnamís Central Highlands, home to the countryís coffee producers, is forecast to receive as much as 200 millimeters of rain from Tuesday evening, according to a local meteorological center.
Vietnam has evacuated nearly 1.3 million central region residents in the past seven days as the country was hit first by storm Saudel and now braces for Molave, according to the government website. One hundred and eleven people have died during a series of storms and landslides along the central coast and highlands between Oct. 6 and 20. Twenty-two people are missing.
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