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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

>>> Storm Molave approaches central coastline

>>> Central localities gear up for Typhoon Molave

According to the national weather service, Molave, the ninth of this year and the fourth within a month, made landfall in areas from Quang Nam to Binh Dinh this afternoon, bringing strong winds of up to 100 kph as well as heavy rains to central provinces from Thua Thien Hue to Phu Yen and the Central Highlands.

It is forecast that over the next 12 hours, the typhoon will move deeper inland at a speed of 25 kph, before weakening into a tropical depression. By 1 am the next morning, the location of the tropical depression will be over the southern region of Laos.

From tonight, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Kon Tum and Gia Lai will continue to suffer from heavy rains with a total rainfall of 50-100 mm. Until October 31, localities from Nghe An to Quang Binh will be hit by heavy rains from 200-400 mm, even up to and over 500 mm in some places.

Prioritising the protection of people’s lives and actively looking for 26 missing crew members of two reported sank ships was the drastic request from Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung during a meeting of the Front Steering Committee for Storm Molave Response, stationed in Da Nang, held this afternoon.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (third from right) inspects a scene on the Nguyen Tat Thanh coastal road in Da Nang city after Storm Molave swept through the city. (Photo: NDO)

The two vessels in distress are from Binh Dinh Province. A boat from the Vietnam Fisheries Resource Surveillance has been dispatched to the scene to support the search for 26 crew members from the sinking ships. Deputy PM Dung agreed with the Minister of Defence to send two navy ships and two boats from the Vietnam Fisheries Resource Surveillance from Cam Ranh to help in the rescue mission.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy PM Dung requested the Front Steering Committee and localities direct the police force to coordinate with the transport sector in ensuring traffic safety. Localities from Thua Thien Hue to Binh Dinh should continue to implement the travel ban from October 27 until further notice.

Affected provinces, including the Central Highland provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai and Dak Lak, were asked to continue to review and implement evacuation plans for local people in low-lying areas with a high risk of flooding, landslides and flash floods, as well as being ready with the forces, means and materials to overcome any obstacles.

Initial statistics have shown that two people have died, two were injured, four houses collapsed and 1,095 homes had their roof blown off due to Storm Molave.

Strong winds from Storm Molave fell trees in Quang Ngai city. (Photo: NDO)

The evacuation of 374,631 people in the central region had been completed before the storm made landfall. Provinces from Thua Thien Hue to Binh Dinh have decided to let students leave school from October 27.

This morning, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Response urged the concerned units and localities to be ready for rescue work and evacuation in high risk areas, while focusing on damage control and repair and environmental sanitation immediately after the storm dissipates.

On the same day, Chairman of the Quang Ngai Provincial People’s Committee Dang Van Minh signed a document requesting local authorities focus on reviewing and promptly mobilising forces to evacuate and relocate households in areas facing a high risk of flash floods and landslides.

Kon Tum province has established five missions to inspect the response to Storm Molave in localities across the province.

Con Co Island Border Guards take children and the elderly to safety shelters against Storm Molave. (Photo: NDO)

As strong winds, rough seas and heavy rains hit Con Co Island in Quang Tri province from this morning, all islanders and fishermen on the island have been taken to safety shelters. Their vessels were brought ashore to avoid damage from the storm.

The Traffic Police have recommended that people and vehicles refrain from entering areas from Da Nang to Phu Yen at this time. Travellers are urged to seek shelter at roadside stations and other such safe places in nearby localities.

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