13 Rescuers Feared Dead in Vietnam Landslides

Landslides caused by heavy rainfall killed about 13 rescuers in Central Vietnam while on a rescue mission.

The bodies are said to be of soldiers who were part of the 21-member rescue team deployed to help workers trapped at a hydropower plant under construction in Thua Thien Hue province.

Prior to this, a construction worker was found dead following a landslide near Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, with 29 others missing.

The worker’s body was found on Wednesday, and had been moved to the hospital for identification. While 19 other victims, including two Indian experts and 17 Vietnamese, were rescued and admitted to hospital for treatment.

On that same day, 29 people, including 16 hydropower plant workers and 13 members of a rescue team who had tried to reach the trapped construction workers remained missing after a landslide hit their site. The rescuers were hit by another landslide while they were staying at ranger station 67, more than 10 km away and 14 km from main roads.

The bodies are yet to be identified as the rescue mission is still currently on. The incident happened more than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the main road, and few bodies have been pulled out of the area.

However, there are reports that more people are still buried in the area as a result of the landslides, and about 983 people have been deployed to search for the victims. Sniffer dogs have been employed to aid rescue attempts.

The meteorological officials have predicted continuous rainfall in the region, due to the low pressure in the north of the South China Sea, also known as the East Sea in Vietnam. It was made known that, the South-East Asian country is bracing for the seventh typhoon – Nangka in the year.

Adenike Omosanya

Photo Credit: Travel Sense Asia

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