World News – CA – Vietnam typhoon death toll climbs to 35


HANOI, Vietnam – A typhoon that officials said was the most powerful to hit Vietnam in 20 years was swept away by the country on Thursday after triggering landslides, sinking boats and cutting through the power of at least 17 million people At least 35 people have been killed and more than 50 are missing, state media say

Rescuers immediately focused on three villages in the country’s central region, where landslides killed at least 19 people and are believed to bury more than 40 others in thick mud and debris

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung visited a landslide site where soldiers were working to clear debris with bulldozers and ordered officers to urgently send more troops to help in the efforts

« We must reach the site of the landslide as quickly as possible First, send more soldiers before we can get the big machine there. We must reach the area by all means, including by using helicopters, ”he said

Also among the dead were 12 fishermen whose boats sank on Wednesday as Typhoon Molave ​​approached with winds of up to 93 miles per hour 14 other fishermen were still missing

Officials said the death toll across the country could rise as some areas have been unable to report details of the damage and casualties

Rescuers unearthed eight bodies Thursday morning in the village of Tra Van, Quang Nam province, where a hill collapsed on houses Victims had taken refuge in the community as the typhoon approached , Vietnam’s official news agency reported

In the village of Tra Leng, about 45 km from Tra Van, another landslide buried a community with several houses occupied by about 45 people. Four people escaped, while rescuers recovered eight bodies and subsequently removed four living villagers, including two children, who were trapped in a buried house, Vietnam News said

Survivors pulled from thick brown debris were taken to hospital with broken arms and legs and other injuries Rescuers continued a frantic search for at least 33 other people believed to be buried

Tra Leng was initially inaccessible due to damaged roads, flooding and other landslides, but on Thursday afternoon, government disaster response teams were able to clear a road with bulldozers and excavators and brought in more rescuers and heavy equipment

As troops rushed to rescue those buried alive at Tra Leng, another part of a rain-soaked mountain cascaded into a torrent of mud in the nearby Phuoc Loc district, killing three people and by trapping 11, Vietnam News said

Other villagers of Phuoc Loc have been urged to flee to safety due to the mountain’s unstable slope

The three landslide-affected areas are in the mountains of the hard-hit Quang Nam province, in a coastal region still recovering from the floods that killed 136 people and destroyed hundreds of homes at the start of the month

Quang Nam, a tourist attraction for an ancient city and Hindu temples, is about 500 miles southeast of Hanoi

Elsewhere, four people were killed by fallen trees and collapsed houses in Quang Nam and Gia Lai provinces when the typhoon hit the coast on Wednesday

Navy search and rescue boats found the bodies of 12 of the 26 fishermen whose boats sank off the coast of Binh Dinh province on Wednesday, state media said

The typhoon blew the roofs of around 56,000 homes and caused a massive blackout in Quang Ngai province, where 17 million people endured the typhoon’s onslaught overnight in the dark , according to Vietnam News

At least 40,000 people have been evacuated to emergency shelters and authorities have closed offices, factories and schools to avoid casualties

The typhoon killed at least 16 people in the Philippines before crossing the South China Sea into Vietnam

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