In Vietnam, at least 13 people have died in landslides that followed torrential rains as Typhoon Molave swept across the country.
Dozens are missing.
The Southeast Asian country has deployed hundreds of soldiers and excavators in the search for survivors. Molave is the strongest typhoon to hit the region in decades.
The search for survivors is, according to the government, complicated by the persistent storm. “We can predict the path of the storm or the amount of rain, but not where landslides will occur,” Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said in a statement.
“The road is deeply covered with mud, and heavy rains still ravage the area, but the rescue work needs to be done quickly,” he said.
Since the beginning of this month, Vietnam has been plagued by storms, heavy rains and floods. More than a million people have been victims of extreme weather events in some way.
According to the government, millions of Vietnamese are without power, and 56,000 houses have been damaged by typhoon Molave.