Tens of deaths caused by typhoon Molave in Vietnam
29 de octubre de 2020, 16:5Hanoi, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) Different sources are reporting today a death toll of between 30 and 40 caused by typhoon Molave in central Vietnam, victim in previous days of several storms that also caused many human losses.
The death toll is rapidly soaring according to rescue teams, which are moving forward in their task of removing tons of dirt and mud under which the bodies of people reported missing lie.
The most consolidated information estimates that 35 people were killed and almost 100 went missing, mainly due to landslides caused by heavy rain from the hurricane, which has already left Vietnam and entered Laos as a tropical depression.
However, all sources agree that the list of personal misfortunes will grow as search works advance, largely halted due to the current state of highways and roads leading to the disaster areas.
Two of the most serious disasters occurred in Quang Nam province, where two landslides buried some 60 people in many other districts. Eight bodies were recovered in one of the sites, and 7 in the other.
In the also central Binh Dinh province, the finding of the bodies of 12 fishermen was reported, whose boat shipwrecked when they were searching for a safe port at the time Molave arrived. Naval and air forces are taking part of the search of another 14 people reported missing.
Property damage is also substantial. Partial reports show hundreds of houses totally destroyed and many more partially damaged or flooded, sometimes up to the roofs.
Photos and images published by dailies and the state-run television are also showing large areas of flooded crops, and ruined bridges and other infrastructure works. Evacuation centers are housing over half a million people.
According to the International Federation of Red Cross, the storms that preceded the typhoon destroyed over 1,000,200 houses in central Vietnam.
Molave's violent irruption, considered the strongest hurricane to hit the country in 20 years, worsens a tragedy that, according to estimations, compromises the near future of some five million Vietnamese.
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