A storm that hit central Vietnam caused a series of landslides that buried villages and towns, left more than 60 people dead or missing and intensified the misery of a struggling country. cope with catastrophic floods.
Hurricane Molave is one of the biggest hurricanes to hit the country in two decades, leading to the second deadliest landslide there this month. Torrential rains and floods caused a landslide on October 18, leveling the barracks of soldiers in Huong Phung commune, in the central coastal province of Quang Tri.
Officials said those killed could be the country̵7;s biggest military loss in peacetime.
The Vietnamese government said the storm with winds of 85 miles per hour cut off power to millions of people and damaged 56,000 homes.
By Thursday night, 19 bodies had been pulled from the wreckage, according to local media and the Red Cross, citing information from officials on the ground. Rescuers also found 33 survivors.
The storm caused landslides in two districts in Quang Nam province on Wednesday afternoon, state news agency VnExpress reported. At least 11 households have been buried in rock, including by a government official, and 53 are believed to have been dead or missing. Twelve people have received treatment for their injuries.
By Thursday afternoon, reports emerged that a third landslide had struck the previous afternoon in a nearby district, burying 11 more people. About 200 workers at a hydroelectric plant have been trapped due to a landslide, and authorities are trying to resupply them.
In neighboring Quang Ngai province, about 20 workers were rescued after being trapped at a dam construction site overnight when torrential rains caused by the storm caused the dam’s water to rise rapidly.
Two fishing boats sank in Binh Dinh province on Tuesday night while trying to find shelter from the storm, and 26 fishermen are still missing. Two naval ships were mobilized to find them, Reuters reported.
Rescue efforts at the site of the landslide have been hampered by bad weather.
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, who arrived in the district on Thursday to direct the rescue efforts, said: “The road covered with deep mud and heavy rain is still attacking the area, but rescue work it must be done promptly. statement.
Before moving west to Vietnam, the storm killed 16 people in the Philippines over the weekend, according to local reports.
Scientists say that global warming is spurring more frequent and catastrophic storms and floods around the world.
In the United States, Hurricane Zeta hit the Louisiana coast on Wednesday with heavy rainfall and strong winds leaving officials worried it could crush parts of New Orleans as the storm makes landfall with a magnitude 2 This is the fifth largest storm to hit the state this year.
The Philippines is gearing up for another tropical storm this weekend, with the country’s weather agency predicting that Typhoon Goni will make landfall on the island before moving westward, causing winds of 137 miles per year. hours. Officials are preparing evacuation centers.
Vietnam has suffered several storms, heavy rains and floods since the beginning of this month, and more than a million people have been affected. The Central Coast has been devastated by widespread flooding in recent weeks, with at least 114 people dead this month. Hundreds of thousands of houses were submerged in water.
Rapid growth and deforestation have exacerbated the damage caused by seasonal flooding.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, Chairman of the Vietnam Red Cross, said: “This storm has caused more misery and difficulties for hundreds of thousands of people in central Vietnam. “About 89,000 houses were blown off their roofs, with many destroyed by this storm.”
The country’s weather agency said heavy rains up to 27.5 inches will continue in central areas of Vietnam until Saturday. According to local news agencies, the government is concerned that the flooding continues, evacuating more than 4,000 people in low-lying areas.
According to Nguyen Hung Ha, program coordinator of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, rescue teams have had to work hard to cope with the ongoing disaster.
“This massive storm is a blow to the millions who are struggling to deal with some of the deadliest floods on record in central Vietnam,” he said.