Vietnam: landslide hits army barracks, over 10 soldiers missing
A frantic search is underway in Vietnam to find 11 soldiers whose barracks were buried by a huge landslide as the country battles its worst floods for years.
A landslide early on Sunday hit the barracks of a unit of Vietnam’s 4th Military Region, the government said in a statement on its website, days after another landslide killed 13 people, mostly soldiers, in the neighboring province of Thua Thien Hue.
“We had another sleepless night,” a visibly emotional Phan Van Giang, Vietnam’s deputy defense minister, told reporters on Sunday.
On the other hand, local official Ha Ngoc Duong was quoted by the VnExpress news site as saying “From 2 am, there have been four to five landslides, exploding like bombs and it feels like the whole mountain is about to collapse,”
The landslide left at least 22 soldiers missing in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Tri.
So far, eleven bodies have been pulled from the remains of the barracks.
Intense rains since early October have caused floods and mudslides that have killed at least 64 people in central Vietnam, with worries of a rise in floodwaters in the coming days.
State media reports said on Sunday water in rivers in Quang Tri province had risen to the highest levels in more than 20 years.
Meanwhile, Vietnam’s weather agency said on Sunday that heavy rain up to 600 millimeters (24 inches) will continue in parts of central Vietnam until Wednesday.