Tropical Storm Conson Hits Third Country

typhoon_conson_2010Pacific tropical storm Conson hit its third country after making landfall in Vietnam. It already left 7 people dead as it entered the country’s coasts.

The Vietnamese government urged residents living along coastal areas to evacuate inland.

Before hitting the nation, Conson battered the island of Hainan of China. Two people were reported dead and thousands were relocated.

The tropical storm first hit the Philippines a few days ago while it was still in typhoon status. Conson, which is locally known by Filipinos as Basyang, left 68 people dead, 84 people missing and 188 million Philippine pesos (4 million USD) in properties damaged. The storm caused a fury about wrong forecasting when the country’s weather bureau, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) initially said the storm would hit Quezon province. It hit Manila instead, which was caught unaware and not prepared for the storm leading to severe damages. Newly sworn in President Benigno Aquino reprimanded PAG-ASA because of the incident.