Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

By Nguyen Dong   October 30, 2020 | 05:44 pm GMT+7
Storm Molave, among the strongest to ever hit Vietnam, has destroyed and damaged trees, revetments and other public facilities in central Da Nang City since earlier this week.
Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

As of Thursday, sea levels in Da Nang remained high. Several coconut trees in Son Tra District were uprooted by Molave and washed ashore.

Da Nang City was among the regions affected by Storm Molave. It made landfall Wednesday morning before weakening into a tropical depression, killing at least 21 and leaving 42 others missing.

Strong winds caused by Molave have ravaged Da Nang for about seven hours.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

Part of a coastal revetment has been eroded by the storm. Trash and rubbish from the sea have also been washed ashore.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

On a beach of Son Tra, a public restroom has been demolished by the storm.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

Another beach sees coconut trees uprooted and washed ashore, some even pushed onto the pavements. Other objects are also swept here from elsewhere.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

A welcome gate at Bien Dong Park in Son Tra tumbled down amid storm Molave. Several workers have been dispatched to salvage whatever is left. The gate's steel frame has to be dismantled and removed however to free up space.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

Another gate at a public beach got demolished by strong winds. City authorities have erected signs warning people not to go to the beach since Tuesday for safety reasons.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

A billboard is torn from its post by strong winds. Other infrastructural damages caused by the winds include about 474 power substations, which caused blackouts for over 305,500 residents. As of Friday, electricity has yet to be restored for around 35,000.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

Trash, sand and other debris are washed ashore by high waves, disrupting traffic. Excavators were dispatched Thursday for clean up operations, but city authorities are calling for more people to join in due to the sheer amount of trash.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

In Hai Chau District, a 10-meter-long section of a revetment has been damaged by strong waves.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

A vending machine lies on its side.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

As of Friday, at least six people have been injured in Da Nang while around 564 houses were damaged following Molave's onslaught.

Storm Molave leaves behind a desolate Da Nang

Throughout the city, around 3,000 trees have either been uprooted or damaged. Over 13 ha of crops in Hoa Vang, Ngu Hanh Son and Cam Le districts have also been damaged. Over 7,000 cattle and poultry were also been killed by the storm.

 
 
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