Two dead, 26 missing as Molave slams into Vietnam

QUANG NGAI, VIETNAM (AFP) – Two people were reported killed and 26 others missing as Typhoon Molave hit central Vietnam yesterday, knocking down trees and tearing roofs off homes in some of the worst destruction seen in years.

Authorities relocated 375,000 people to safety, cancelled hundreds of flights and closed schools ahead of the typhoon, which made landfall south of Danang packing winds of up to 145 kilometres per hour.

State media said at least two people were killed in Quang Ngai province while trying to protect their homes from the storm.

“The people of Vietnam are tough, yet this is among the worst destruction ever seen in many areas,” said Vietnam Red Cross Society President Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu.