Storm-induced landslides have killed people in Vietnam, and many are still missing. The rescue work is difficult because the access roads are under water. Now the army has to help.
Two landslides caused by typhoon “Molave” killed at least 13 people in Vietnam. Another 40 people were missing after the ground fault in rural Quang Nam province in central Vietnam, authorities announced Thursday.
The rescue work is difficult because the access roads to the accident sites after the storm are covered with deep mud, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said in a statement. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, for his part, said all methods should be used to rescue survivors. The army must therefore help with the work.
Typhoon “Molave”: strong wind and meters high waves
The typhoon hit the central provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai on Wednesday with strong winds and heavy rain. On the coast it caused meters-high waves. According to the weather agency, it was the strongest storm in the area in 20 years. At speeds of up to 135 kilometers per hour, “Molave” demolished the roofs of nearly 90,000 houses, uprooted trees and flooded streets. The power went out in many places. 26 fishermen are missing in Binh Dinh province after their boats are sunk.
Hundreds of thousands of people had previously been brought to safety. “Molave” is expected to move further west, to the south of Laos, weakened. The typhoon had previously hit the Philippines. At least ten people died and twelve fishermen were missing.