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In Storm Molave's Wake, Rescue Efforts Continue for Landslide, Boat Sinking Victims

Damage from the powerful typhoon is still being assessed, while rescue efforts continue.

In addition to causing widespread wind damage across the south-central coast and further inland, Typhoon Molave triggered numerous landslides, most notably in Quang Nam Province. VnExpress reports that as of yesterday, October 29, 46 survivors had been rescued in the area, while 13 remained missing and 14 were dead.

Another landslide in the same province killed at least five people and left six other injured, all believed to be from the same family.

Earlier today, yet one more landslide was reported in Quang Nam, leaving one person badly injured and another missing. Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed to Quang Nam's mountainous interior to help with rescue efforts, but the tough terrain and threat of further landslides is hampering their work.

Also in Quang Nam, around 200 people working on a hydropower plant were cut off by landslides and collapsed bridges, 167 of whom currently cannot be contacted.

It is estimated that roughly 230 houses across Molave's impact zone were destroyed, while nearly 89,000 had their roof blown away. Locations such as Ly Son and Da Nang experienced major wind damage, and inland provinces like Kon Tum have seen massive river flooding. At one point, nearly 2 million people were without power, including 305,000 households in Da Nang.

Offshore, three missing fishermen have been rescued by a cargo vessel. In total, 23 fishermen remain missing following the sinking of two boats in rough seas. Throughout October, severe weather, flooding and landslides have killed 230 people in central Vietnam, and yet another tropical storm may threaten the region next week.

[Photo via Directorate for Roads of Vietnam]

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