TYPHOON STORIES PART 4: The Devastating Aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Molave in Vietnam’s Critical Infrastructure

Andreas Klippe Comments December 23, 2021

The most terrible floods caused by heavy rain occurred in Vietnam in 20 years. It happened when tropical cyclone Molave battered up the country this year. How bad and strong was Molave? The answer lies in its devastating aftereffects you are to find out.

Tropical Cyclone Molave damages to electricity

After passing across the Philippines, Molave caused quite a ruckus in central Vietnam. It brought horrifying downpours and floods to over a million impaired people.

The tropical cyclone left the Vietnamese people without electric power. Its intensity interrupted their daily needs and errands.

Damage to houses and plantations

Floodwaters damaged almost 300,000 homes and dwellers lost their places of comfort. Likewise, the same water also destroyed the large amounts of rice, maize, and cassava flour stored in these houses.

Aside from that, tropical cyclone Molave also affected the livelihoods of many. It triggered floods that destroyed 7,200 hectares of food crops. Hence, people were at the risk of not getting enough food or starving.

At least 150,000 people are at immediate risk of food shortages and hunger after thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed.

– International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Damages to roads and highways

Further, tropical cyclone Molave damaged 16 national highways and 101 miles of roads in four provinces. These critical infrastructures maintained the normal life of the Vietnamese; sadly, they were destroyed.

In fact, before Molave hit Vietnam, the country had already been dealing with disastrous floods. However, with Molave, the Vietnamese people encountered the worst flooding in two decades. They also had to suffer heartbreaking aftereffects. 

We are heartbroken by more tragic loss of life as this typhoon has brought further misery and hardships to hundreds of thousands of people in central Vietnam.

– Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, Vietnam Red Cross President

Is there a way to reduce the aftermath of the typhoon? Is there. away to protect the critical infrastructure? Will Vietnam be able to address such terrible flooding caused by a strong tropical cyclone?

Addressing Flooding to Reduce Aftermath

We cannot stop a tropical cyclone like Molave from hitting, but we can do something about the floods. This might sound impossible but we could actually face less devastating aftereffects of a tropical cyclone by having a barrier. During emergency flooding, flood marshalls can easily carry and install these barriers.

This solution we can have and rely on is the Made in Sweden INERO™ Mobile Flood Barriers that can serve as floodwalls for locations like critical infrastructures or other wide, open spaces. Here’s why.

INERO™ Mobile Flood Barriers

  1. INEROTM IS LONG-LASTING. The barriers can serve you for 50 years or more. 
  2. INEROTM IS PORTABLE. You can easily carry and install INERO™ Mobile Flood Barriers where flooding takes place. Actually, two people can install 100 meters of barriers by themselves. Why? They have this interlocking feature that makes them easy to assemble and disassemble. Though all flood proofing barriers are made to last, they are not all portable like INERO™.
  3. INEROTM IS ADAPTABLE. Slopes and edges? No worries! INEROTM can fit ANY surface or topography. Anyone can install them on grassy, muddy, or sandy surfaces! 
  4. INEROTM IS COST-EFFECTIVE. Since INERO™ Mobile Flood Barriers are portable and adaptable, there is no need for extra civil works. That itself will already save you money. For a river that may overflow during heavy rain and cause flooding, I assure you that INERO™ is the most cost-effective solution, whatever its length.

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Andreas Klippe

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Andreas Klippe is founder of the Asian Center for Flood Control located in Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines.

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