Typhoon Molave leaves 27 dead, 50 missing in central Vietnam


  • Vietnam
  • Saturday, 31 Oct 2020

A flooded area in central Vietnam's Quang Tri Province. Heavy rains and floods have left 27 people dead and 50 others missing in northern and central Vietnam over the past few days, said the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. Vietnam News/Asian News Network

HANOI, Oct 31 (Xinhua): Floods and landslides triggered by Typhoon Molave in Vietnam's central and central highlands regions have left 27 people dead, 50 missing and 67 injured as of Saturday morning, the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said.

The fatalities, up from 23 in Friday's report, were recorded in the provinces of Quang Nam, Nghe An, Dak Lak and Gia Lai, while the missing and injured were mainly reported in Quang Nam and Binh Dinh provinces, according to the committee.

The natural disasters damaged 63 bridges along with some national highways and local roads, said the committee.

As many as 10,420 military officers and soldiers have been mobilized for the search and rescue work and to help locals cope with the now weakened Molave, which is among the strongest typhoons that hit Vietnam in the past 20 years.

Molave approached part of Vietnam's central region on Wednesday, bringing heavy rains and strong winds, said the committee. E

Meanwhile, Vietnam reported no new cases of Covid-19 infection on Friday, with its total confirmed cases standing at 1,177 and 35 deaths from the disease so far, according to its Ministry of Health.

The ministry announced that one more patient was given all-clear on Friday, raising the total cured cases in vietnam to 1,063.

Meanwhile, nearly 14,200 people are being quarantined and monitored in the country, the ministry said.

Vietnam has gone through 58 straight days without any Covid-19 cases in the community, according to the ministry. - Xinhua
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