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Storm Noul makes landfall in Vietnam, kills at least one person

HANOI — Tropical storm Noul made landfall in Vietnam on Friday, killing at least one person and triggering heavy rain in the central parts of the country, though authorities later downgraded the weather system.

The storm hit the tourist city of Danang and veered north to Thua Thien Hue province before entering Laos around Friday noon, state-run Voice of Vietnam said on its website.

The storm killed at least one person, injured another, while downing trees and damaging hundreds of houses, the report said.

Tuoi Tre newspaper said the man was killed by a falling tree and television footage showed flooded streets in some areas.

The government had previously made plans to evacuate up to half a million people when the storm was forecast to have wind speeds of up to 135 km (84 miles) an hour.

The weather agency on Friday downgraded Noul to a low pressure system, though warned it could still dump up to 250 mm (9.8 inches) of rain in parts of central Vietnam, potentially triggering floods and landslides.

State television VTV said that about 100 mm of rain fell in the Central Highlands, Vietnam’s largest coffee growing area, but traders said it should not directly harm farms set to begin their harvest from next month.

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