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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Landslides, Strong Winds Caused by Typhoon Molave Leave 35 dead, 59 missing

Typhoon Molave’s landfall in Vietnam brought down heavy rain, strong winds, and triggered landslides that killed 35 people and left more than 50 missing.

Typhoon Molave’s landfall in Vietnam brought down heavy rain, strong winds, and triggered landslides that killed 35 people and left more than 50 missing.

The Vietnamese armed forces deployed hundreds of personnel with heavy equipment to the sites of the landslides in three villages in the Quang Nam province, where 19 people were killed and 48 were missing.

Rescuers were able to dig up eight bodies in Tra Van village and eight more in the Tra Leng village.

More bodies are expected to be found as search operations continue but authorities are hopeful that they would find survivors after rescuing four in Tra Leng.

“We must reach the landslide site the fastest way. First, send in more soldiers before we can get the big machine there. We have to reach the area by all means, including by using helicopters,” said Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung who went to one of the landslide sites.

In Vietnam’s waters, 12 fishermen died while 14 more went missing because of turbulent waters caused by 93 mph winds.

Aside from rough seas, four people were also killed by falling trees and collapsed houses after the gusts battered the Quang Nam and Gia Lai provinces.

Vietnamese officials claimed that it was the worst typhoon to hit the country in 20 years.

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