Typhoon Molave set off landslides that killed at least 19 people and left 45 missing in central Vietnam, where ferocious wind and rain blew away roofs and knocked out power in a region of 1.7 million residents, according to state media reports.
The casualties from the landslides bring the over-all death toll from the storm to at least 35, including 12 fishermen whose boats sank Wednesday as the typhoon approached with winds of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour.
Vietnamese officials say it’s the worst typhoon to hit the country in 20 years.
At least 59 people remain missing in the landslides and at sea.
The toll may rise with many regions still unable to report details of the devastation amid the stormy weather.
Rescuers dug up eight bodies Thursday morning in Tra Van village in south-central Quang Nam province where a hillside collapsed on houses.
The victims had taken shelter in the community as the typhoon approached, the official Vietnam News Agency reported.