HANOI May 7 Tropical storm Chan-Hom was moving
away from Vietnamese waters towards the Philippines after
threatening Vietnam's coffee belt, Hanoi said on Thursday.
Chan-Hom, the first storm detected in Vietnam's waters this
year, was 280 km (175 miles) southwest of the main Philippine
island of Luzon early on Thursday, the Vietnamese government
said after the storm spared the coffee-growing region in the
world's second-largest coffee producer after Brazil.
"While the storm will no longer threaten the land, it is
still very dangerous to ships operating in the area of its
path," the government said in a statement.
Chan-Hom, named after a kind of tree in the Lao language,
was gathering strength and the most dangerous area remained
between the Paracels and the Spratlys. Vietnam had no reports
of damage as of late Wednesday, the statement said.
Chan-Hom is forecast to enter the Philippines later on
Thursday, the Philippine weather bureau has said.
(Reporting by Ho Binh Minh; Editing by John Ruwitch and Paul
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