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Vietnam coffee, oil production under threat from tropical storm Usagi
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Mr. Man-wai Chang
2018-11-24 14:49:40 UTC
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Vietnam coffee, oil production under threat from tropical storm Usagi
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<https://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-storm-vietnam/vietnam-coffee-oil-production-under-threat-from-tropical-storm-usagi-idUSKCN1NS0EX>

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s ongoing coffee harvest and offshore oil
exploration are under threat from tropical storm Usagi, which is headed
from the South China Sea toward the Southeast Asian country’s
coffee-growing region of the Central Highlands.

Vietnam’s long coastline makes it prone to destructive tropical storms.
Natural disasters such as floods and landslides triggered by storms
killed 389 people in the country last year.

At least 19 people were killed by a tropical storm last week in the
southern resort city of Nha Trang.

“(Usagi) will start hitting our operational oil and gas blocks off the
central and southern coast and all units must keep vigilant as the storm
develops,” state-run Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, known as PetroVietnam,
said in a statement on Friday.

With sustained wind speeds of up to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour),
the storm will dump up to 500mm (19.7 inches) of rain in coastal areas
stretching from the central city of Hue, to the southern province of
Binh Thuan and the Central Highlands, the National Centre for
Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said on Friday.

The Central Highlands is Vietnam’s largest coffee growing area, where
the harvest of the 2018/19 crop year is underway.

“We are concerned that the heavy rains triggered by the storm will
disrupt the coffee harvest,” said Nguyen Viet Vinh, General Secretary of
the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association.

Traders estimate that farmers have harvested nearly 40 percent of the
beans and that the harvest will end in late December.

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2018-11-24 15:40:04 UTC
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Weather is what happens. There’s no conspiracy here. It does seem that climate change is causing weather patterns that are more extreme, but there’s still no conspiracy here.
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