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29 Oct 2020 | 05:49 AM UTC

Vietnam: Casualties reported following passage of Typhoon Molave October 29 /update 1

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At least 83 people killed or missing following passage of Typhoon Molave in Vietnam on October 29

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Saigon). COUNTRY/REGION Binh Dinh, Quang Ninh, Thừa Thiên Huế province, Vietnam

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Event

Vietnamese officials have announced that at least 83 people have been killed or are missing as of Thursday, October 29, following the passage of Typhoon Molave in the center of the country. Many of the casualties were reported in Quang Nam province, where 11 people have been reported killed and dozens missing in landslides in the Nam Tra My and Phuoc Son districts. At least 26 fishermen reportedly remain missing at sea off Binh Dinh province, with emergency services currently conducting search and rescue operations. In addition, 28 people have been injured and 2555 houses damaged in the provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam, and in the city of Da Nang.

Residual strong winds and heavy rainfall could result in continued flooding, landslides, and disruptions to transport, businesses, and utilities in the aftermath of the storm.

Context

Powerful storm systems are common during the typhoon season from June to November and are known to particularly affect the North and Central regions. However, a number have also made landfall in the south in recent years due to changes to storms' common paths in the South China Sea. The monsoon season, which typically runs from May to September in the northern and southern regions as well as between October and April in the central region, also brings annual heavy downpours.

It should be noted that sustained torrential rain can trigger life-threatening floods and landslides in low-lying and hilly communities, including in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Storm surge is also a threat in coastal communities, especially upon the arrival of a storm. Inclement weather can result in disruption to travel, telecommunications, public utilities, commercial activities, and government services.

Advice

Those in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.

 

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