Typhoon to hit Vietnam, likely to skirt coffee hub
A typhoon that left a trail of destruction in the Philippines' capital, Manila, is forecast to hit central Vietnam tomorrow.india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 09:25 IST
A typhoon that left a trail of destruction in the Philippines' capital, Manila, was forecast to hit central Vietnam on Saturday, but meteorologists said the storm was not likely to hurt the country's coffee crop.
The national weather forecasting centre said in a report on Friday that Typhoon Xangsane was heading towards the central coast -- from Nghe An province in the north to south-central Phu Yen province next to Daklak, Vietnam's key coffee-growing area.
The Southeast Asian country is the world's second-largest exporter of coffee after Brazil.
"This is a very strong typhoon with a large-scale impact and it is moving very fast," the report said.
Meteorologists and traders in Daklak province said on Friday that the typhoon would skirt the Central Highlands area where the crop will be harvested next month.
"We expect some rain but nothing serious, the rain is actually good for the coffee trees at this stage," said an official at the Daklak weather centre.