At least 19 people have died with more missing after a typhoon hammered into the coast near Da Nang city in Vietnam, triggering landslides in rural villages.
Typhoon Molave caused heavy and destructed rains on Wednesday, October 28, wreaking havoc and causing destruction.
Around 375,000 people were evacuated to safety before Molave hit with winds reaching 85mph (145 km/h).
As the typhoon moved west towards Thailand and Myanmar on Thursday, troops with heavy equipment were deployed to assist rescuers desperately trying to find survivors.
So far, 19 bodies have been recovered from three villages.
Press reports suggest the death toll could continue to rise with at least 40 people still missing.
Visiting the scene of one of the landslides, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said that while it’s possible to predict rain or a storm path, “we can’t predict when landslides happen”.
He said roads are covered in deep mud and heavy rains continue, stressing “urgent work has to be carried out quickly”.
The typhoon has affected around 1.2 million people in central Vietnam.
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