VIETNAM: Hailstorms destroy rubber trees in Lai Chau

Most of the affected trees are three to five years old. Tinh said the workers had been trying to save as many trees as they could, but could save only about 4,000. Another 8,000 trees had to be carted away. The company has not yet calculated the financial cot of the damage.

Source: Daily "Vietnam News", Hanoi; 7 May 2013

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)