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Typhoon Molave nears mainland, wreaks havoc in central Vietnam

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 11:31 GMT+7
Typhoon Molave nears mainland, wreaks havoc in central Vietnam
Typhoon Molave unleashes strong winds at Cua Dai Beach in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: T.B.D. / Tuoi Tre

Typhoon Molave reached the maritime area off central Vietnamese provinces on Wednesday morning and has already wreaked havoc in these localities.

Molave was packing wind speed at 115-135km per hour and gusts at up to 185km an hour as of 7:00 am, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

It is expected to make landfall between central Da Nang City and south-central Phu Yen Province in the next 12 hours and weaken into a tropical depression, with winds at 50-60km per hour.

Heavy rain and strong winds batter Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Video: Phuoc Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The tropical depression will be further downgraded to a low-pressure zone in the next 12 to 24 hours.

Due to the circulation of the storm, torrential rain will batter the localities between north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province and Phu Yen Province, as well as the Central Highlands from October 27 to 29.

From October 29 to 31, heavy downpours will lash north-central Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri Provinces.

A map detailing the development of Typhoon Molave from October 28 to 30, 2020. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting

A map detailing the development of Typhoon Molave from October 28 to 30, 2020. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting

As of Wednesday morning, powerful winds and rain have hit Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, and Khanh Hoa

Multiple trees have been uprooted, while many house roofs and signboards blown away, according to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Many houses, schools, and other public works have also been damaged in these localities.

A signboard is blown off by strong gusts in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: T.B.D. / Tuoi Tre

A signboard is blown off by strong gusts in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: T.B.D. / Tuoi Tre

In Da Nang, a substation exploded at a coastal residential area in Lien Chieu District. Some residents stepped out of their houses but were asked to come back inside by police officers.

Two fishing boats were sunk by strong waves as they were on their way to take shelter off Khanh Hoa Province on Tuesday evening, resulting in the missing of 26 crew members.

Rescuers have been unable to reach the locations due to bad weather.

A house is damaged by Typhoon Molave in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: An Bang / Tuoi Tre

A house is damaged by Typhoon Molave in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: An Bang / Tuoi Tre

An uprooted tree blocks a road in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

An uprooted tree blocks a road in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

A big tree is uprooted in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: An Bang / Tuoi Tre

A big tree is uprooted in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: An Bang / Tuoi Tre

Trees are uprooted in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Trees are uprooted in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Residents have meals while taking shelter in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Residents have meals while taking shelter in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

A welcome gate is knocked down by strong winds in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A welcome gate is knocked down by strong winds in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

People travel on a street filled with tree branches in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, October 28. 2020. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

People travel on a street scattered with tree branches in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, October 28. 2020. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Trees are uprooted in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Trees are uprooted in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, October 28, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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