The two landslides, one in Tra Leng Commune and the other at Tra Van Commune, both in the central province’s Nam Tra My District, have killed at least 14 people, authorities said. They were triggered by impacts of Storm Molave, said to be the strongest to have hit Vietnam in the last two decades. The storm made landfall on Wednesday morning and devolved into a tropical depression in the afternoon. The Tra Leng landslide had buried 53 people, of whom six are confirmed dead. Thirty-four have survived, leaving 13 still missing. The Tra Van landslide had buried 20, killing eight and injuring 12, local authorities say. Rescue efforts in Tra Leng are ongoing despite difficulties to access the site because of local topography and other landslides in the area. Hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been dispatched for the search and rescue operation. Survivors made it by dint of being able to prevent themselves from being completely submerged by soil and mud, a senior military official in the district said. Ho Thi Hau, 19, said two of her relatives were injured in the Tra Leng landslide. “At around 3 p.m. Wednesday, I heard the sound of the ground exploding…. Read full this story
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