Thu, 03 Dec 2020

HANOI, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least 19 people died in landslides in Vietnam's central Quang Nam province, Vietnam News Agency reported Thursday.

The latest report was about a landslide that occurred in Phuoc Loc commune of Phuoc Son district in the province at around 2 p.m. local time Wednesday, where three had died and eight others remained missing as of Thursday afternoon, according to the news agency.

Among the three bodies found, two were of commune officials who were supporting local residents in coping with Typhoon Molave, which hit Vietnam's central region on Wednesday, bringing downpours and strong winds, said the report.

Meanwhile, two other landslides in Tra Van and Tra Leng communes in Nam Tra My district of Quang Nam province on Wednesday killed at least 16 and left many others missing, according to the news agency.

The number of people missing may soon drop as two households managed to get up to the mountain areas before the landslide occurred, said the report.

Search and rescue is still underway with military staff, vehicles and equipment mobilized, according to the report.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Wednesday requested the country's National Committee for Disaster Response, Search and Rescue, military forces and local authorities to coordinate and use any method necessary to quickly rescue the victims of the landslides.

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