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Land­slide kills 11 sol­diers in Viet­nam; 11 miss­ing

- Disasters · Incidents · Natural Disasters · Vietnam · Hanoi · Cambodia

Hanoi, Viet­nam - Eleven sol­diers are dead and a fran­tic search is un­der way for 11 oth­ers af­ter a huge land­slide hit cen­tral Viet­nam on Sun­day, as the coun­try bat­tles its worst flood­ing in years.

Heavy rain has pounded the re­gion for more than a week and at least 64 peo­ple have been killed in floods and land­slides, ac­cord­ing to Viet­nam’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment au­thor­ity, with con­cerns mount­ing that waters could rise fur­ther.

Rocks rained down on the bar­racks of a mil­i­tary sta­tion in Quang Tri province, with 22 sol­diers be­lieved to have been buried un­der­neath thick mud, an of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment web­site said.

“From 2am, there have been four to five land­slides, ex­plod­ing like bombs and it feels like the whole moun­tain is about to col­lapse,” said lo­cal of­fi­cial Ha Ngoc Duong, ac­cord­ing to the VnEx­press news site.

Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Phan Van Giang, the army’s chief of gen­eral staff, warned there could be fur­ther land­slides in the area and said res­cuers needed to find a safer way to ac­cess the site.

Eleven bod­ies have been re­cov­ered so far, the gov­ern­ment said. It comes just days af­ter 13 mem­bers of a res­cue team were found dead af­ter a failed at­tempt to save work­ers from a hy­dropower plant en­gulfed by a land­slide.

The bod­ies of two em­ploy­ees at the plant have been found but 15 are still miss­ing.

River lev­els in Quang Tri had reached their high­est in two decades, state me­dia said.

The dis­as­ter man­age­ment au­thor­ity raised its risk alert warn­ing to the sec­ond high­est level on Sun­day, warn­ing of fur­ther flood­ing and land­slides.

Viet­nam is prone to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and reg­u­larly suf­fers more than a dozen storms each year, of­ten bring­ing flood­ing and land­slides.

More than 130 peo­ple were re­ported dead or miss­ing in nat­u­ral dis­as­ters around the coun­try last year, the Gen­eral Statis­tics Of­fice said.

Cam­bo­dia has also been hit by heavy flood­ing and the death toll there jumped to 20 on Satur­day, in­clud­ing six chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to dis­as­ter man­age­ment au­thor­i­ties.

 ?? (AFP) ?? Mil­i­tary per­son­nel search for miss­ing sol­diers at the site of a land­slide in cen­tral Viet­nam’s Quang Tri Province on Sun­day
(AFP) Mil­i­tary per­son­nel search for miss­ing sol­diers at the site of a land­slide in cen­tral Viet­nam’s Quang Tri Province on Sun­day

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