Hanoi, Vietnam (AP)- Typhoon Molave hit Vietnam with destructive force on Wednesday, killing at least two people and sinking two fishing boats with 26 crew members. This is considered the largest storm to hit the country in 20 years.
Winds of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour knocked a man off the roof and killed him while trying to reinforce Quanghe Province in the south-central region. The official Vietnamese news agency reported that a fallen tree in a coastal province nailed another man to death.
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According to the national VTV network, the Navy deployed two rescue boats to search for 26 fishermen near Binh Dinh Province. It is not clear if anyone is trapped in the littering waters.
Television footage showed that in Guangyi County, the roof was tottering and the trees collapsed due to strong winds. In nearby Phu Yen, a coastal province in Phu Yen, key roads were littered by fallen electric poles, trees and billboards, and the roofs of many houses and damaged fish farms blew up.
At least 40,000 people were evacuated to inland emergency shelters away from coastal villages.
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VTV showed that the displaced villagers were crowded in the classroom, which was later converted into an evacuation center, where they stayed overnight.
The provincial government closed offices, factories and schools, and required people to stay indoors to prevent casualties. Vietnam is still recovering from severe floods and landslides, which killed 1
In the recent flood, more than 310,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. Even before the typhoon hit Vietnam and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, more than one million people were still in serious danger and needed housing. The food, sanitation and safe drinking water community said.
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“The Vietnamese people are tough, but this is one of the worst damages in many areas in history. The continuous storms and floods are causing devastating damage to mankind,” said Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, chairman of the Vietnamese Red Cross. Said in a statement.
She said: “To curb the social and economic impact of COVID-19, all our hard work has been overwhelmed by storm after storm.”
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As the typhoon approached on Wednesday, at least five airports were closed and more than 200 flights were cancelled. VTV reported that the train service was also suspended on Wednesday and will resume when the weather improves.
The typhoon killed at least nine people in the Philippines before it hit Vietnam. During the storm, most of the thousands of shelters have returned to their homes, while those whose houses were destroyed have stayed in the evacuation camps.
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