(NECN/VTV: Vietnam) - Tropical Storm Conson made landfall in Vietnam on Saturday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain.
Conson reduced from a typhoon, which had left dozens dead in the Philippines and killed two in southern China. It wrecked several Vietnamese ships while churning toward northern Vietnam as a tropical storm.
Rescue efforts were underway in the islands in the South China Sea, Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
Vietnamese Prim Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged authorities in 23 northern and central provinces to ban ships and fishing trawlers from sailing. Some 137,000 people from high-risk areas were to be evacuated from Vietnam's northern province of Thanh Hoa.
Video courtesy of VTV. Material from The Associated Press used in this report.