By†Mai Ngoc Chau
(Bloomberg) --†Vietnamís coffee producing provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum in the northern Central Highlands are being hit hard by Typhoon Molave, according to Le Tien Hung, chief executive officer of the nationís second-biggest exporter, Simexco Dak Lak. The provinces are at high risk of landslides in mountainous areas and extensive flooding in low-lying areas, the national weather agency says on its website. ďI am concerned about the high possibility of fruit falling,Ē Hung said in a phone interview.
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. The typhoon triggered downpours of as much as 400 millimeters Wednesday along Vietnamís central coast and the northern part of the Central Highlands before weakening into the tropical depression in the afternoon, according to the weather agency.
The Central Highlandsí three other provinces -- Dak Lak, Lam Dong, Dak Nong -- are not at risk, Hung said.
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