The Vietnamese army was activated to assist in search and rescue efforts on Thursday, October 29, following the passing of Typhoon Molave. At least 160 people are known to have been killed, largely by flooding or landslides, in the latest death toll. Additionally, scores of people remain missing. Hundreds of troops with heavy equipment have been deployed to the remote areas of Quang Na province, where at least 19 people have been confirmed killed with at least 50 others missing. The navy is also conducting recovery efforts on Thursday as dozens of fishermen are missing at see off Binh Dinh province after their boats sank while attempting to return to shore ahead of the storm. At least 56,000 homes have been damaged in Vietnam and millions remain without power with heavy rainfall expected to continue until Saturday, October 31.
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.
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.
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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