Typhoon Molave in Vietnam [photo: Capital News]
Oct, 29th 2020 – 21 People have been killed as a dozen more feared dead after a typhoon tore through Quang Nam, Central Vietnam triggering landslides. The Typhoon Molave, Vietnam’s fourth storm this month, hit villages a day earlier tearing roofs from houses and bringing heavy rain to areas already affected by weeks of flooding.
Speaking to Agence France-Presse (AFP), 28 year old Ho Thi Ha said, “My two daughters were pulled out from the mud by neighbors. But my father is dead and now I have nothing. Everything is buried in the mud.“
Authorities believe that 45 other persons are buried in the area. Among the search team were soldiers who used heavy bulldozers and excavators to better access the two villages. Authorities have relocated about 375, 000 people to safety, hundreds of flights have been canceled, with schools and beaches closed.
The typhoon made a landfall south of Danang before weakening to a tropical depression on Thursday. Vietnam Red Cross Society president Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu said, “We are heartbroken by more tragic loss of life as this typhoon has brought further misery and hardships to hundreds of thousands of people in central Vietnam.“
Executive director of ActionAid Vietnam, Hoang Phuong Thao, said that the typhoon had brought more death and destruction to communities that were already torn apart by the worst flooding we’ve seen in decades.
Close to 900 homes have been destroyed in the storm. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, helicopters and navy ships have been deployed to look for two vessels that disappeared before the storm made landfall. Twenty six fishermen are still missing.