Typhoon Molave leaves 33 dead, 49 missing in Vietnam

HANOI (XINHUA) – Floods and landslides triggered by Typhoon Molave have left 33 people dead and 49 missing in Vietnam’s central and central highlands regions as of yesterday, the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said.

The fatalities were recorded in Quang Nam, Nghe An, Dak Lak and Gia Lai provinces, while the missing were reported mostly in Quang Nam and Binh Dinh provinces, according to the committee. The floods damaged 89 bridges and over 90km of roads, and caused over 818,200 cubic metres of landslide, said the committee, adding that 161 communes were still suffering from power outage as of 7am yesterday.

Molave, the ninth typhoon that hit Vietnam this year, is among the strongest typhoons that hit the country in the past 20 years.

A man cleans up mud inside his house after waters receded in the old city of Hoi An, in the aftermath of Typhoon Molave. PHOTO: AFP