An aerial photograph shows the old city of Hoi An in the aftermath of Molave. AFP
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In a tragic incident, at least 40 people were dead and scores were missing after deadly landslides triggered by heavy rain from Typhoon Molave in Vietnam.
The search and rescue teams looked for signs of life in the debris on Friday.
The weather body said that another powerful storm is moving towards the region.
Drone footages showed trail of devastation as K9s and soldiers dig up debris for possible life.
A solider taking part in the operation said we fear for mass casualties.
The central region witnessed at least five mudslides and worst floods in years.
"The typhoon has left extremely huge damage," Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung told a cabinet meeting.
On the other hand, another storm named Goni is slowly moving towards the Philippines.
The storm is packing winds of up to 165 kilometres per hour.
It could make landfall on Sunday, with winds of up to 185 kph.
Goni is expected to reach Vietnam in the first week if November.
Goni would be Vietnam's 9th typhoon this year.
“The road is covered under deep mud and heavy rain is still lashing the area, but rescue work has to be carried out quickly,” Dung said.
State television said the bodies of 12 fishermen were found on Thursday after their boats sank when trying to return to shore two days earlier. Two navy vessels had been mobilised to find them and 14 were still missing.
Since early October, Vietnam has been battered by storms, heavy rains and floods which have affected over a million people.
The government said Typhoon Molave had left millions of people without electricity and damaged 56,000 houses. It weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall on Wednesday and is expected to reach Laos later on Thursday.
Images on social media showed villages overwhelmed by flooding, and roads filled with debris, toppled trees or blocked by landslides.
Before the storm, people in affected areas had shared photos of corrugated roof tiles bearing their names and addresses, to help facilitate rebuilding efforts.
Heavy rain of up to 700 millimetres (27.5 inches) will continue in parts of central Vietnam until Saturday, the weather agency said.
Hundreds of soldiers were called for duty and heavy machinery deployed in Vietnam on Thursday to search for survivors after landslides caused by torrential rain from Typhoon Molave, which whiplashed the country.
Two people were reported killed and 26 others missing as Typhoon Molave hit central Vietnam on Wednesday, knocking down trees and tearing roofs off homes in some of the worst destruction seen in years.
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