Vietnam warns of risk of floods, landslides after storm weakens
September 13, 2021 / 7:42 AM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Vietnamese authorities warned on Monday of the risk of floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Conson, even after the low-pressure system weakened off the country's central coast at the weekend.
Heavy rain brought by the storm killed one person, damaged 31 houses and flooded more than 1,000 hectares (2,472 acres) of rice fields in central Vietnam, the country's disaster management agency said.
Last week, the authorities put 500,000 soldiers on standby, readied evacuation plans and ordered vessels to stay in port as the country braced for the arrival of Conson.
"Areas from Quang Binh to Quang Ngai and Kon Tum are facing the threat of landslides and floods," Vietnam's weather agency said in a statement, referring to central coastal areas and Kon Tum in the country's central highlands.
No damage has been reported so far to the coffee farms in the Central Highlands, the country's main growing belt.
Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. Natural disasters - predominantly floods and landslides triggered by storms - killed 379 people and injured 1,060 others in the country last year.