World Nine rescuers dead after Vietnam landslide; heavy rains continue
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Pham Doan Trang, independent journalist and one of Vietnam's best-known activists, was arrested for allegedly "propagating against the state". Human rights organizations condemn the move. © Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP Newspaper stand in Hanoi - Reporters Without Borders sees Vietnam in 175th place out of 180 in the ranking of freedom of the press (archive) According to reports, Pham Doan Trang was in Ho Chi Minh on Wednesday night (local time) City, the economic center of Vietnam, arrested.
Nine members of a rescue team have been found dead after a bid to save workers from a hydropower plant engulfed by a landslide in central Vietnam, authorities said Thursday.
Severe flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain pounding the region have killed at least 40 people in the past week, officials said, with more bad weather on the way.
Chelles: the earthen dump of the Sempin stopped since the landslide in May
© DR Chelles. The anonymous author of the video denouncing the landslide on the Parc du Sempin construction site wants to alert residents to the risks he considers they run. “At the end of May 2020, the dike built collapsed over several hundred meters, carrying trees, trucks and conveyor belts in its path. Do we have to wait until our homes are swallowed up to act? Let us mobilize together to defend our homes ”.
An official government website said 17 workers at a hydro station had gone missing following a landslide. Another worker's body had been recovered.
A rescue team of 13 ran into difficulties, however, and nine members had been found dead.
Images on state media showed hundreds of soldiers with excavators digging through thick mud to look for those still missing.
Two storms in a week have brought devastating rains to parts of central and northern Vietnam, triggering landslides in mountainous areas.
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In rural areas of Thua Thien Hue province, people whose homes had been badly damaged, or in some cases still partially submerged, faced the prospect of further downpours.
Vietnam: Nine rescuers killed in landslides
Seventeen employees of the plant are reported missing as a result and the body of another worker was found © Nguyen Van Ty / AP Rescuers were trying to save workers washed away by the rains. DISASTER - Seventeen plant workers are reported missing and the body of another worker has been found Nine members of a rescue team were found dead after trying to rescue workers carried away by a landslide in the center of Vietnam , local authorities said Thursday.
Almost a million people have been affected by the downpours and more than 200,000 homes flooded.
"We have been sleeping on a boat for the last five nights," Phan Gia Quang told AFP at his home in Quang Dien district, where murky brown water pooled around his sofa.
"We are worried. If the storm comes here, we only have the boat to stay on and no way to make our situation better," he added, as he made a pot of tea on his wooden boat.
Cambodia has also been badly hit by floods, with the northwest worst affected.
Thirteen people have been killed, including five children, according to the national community for disaster management.
More than 190,000 people have been affected and more than 12,000 evacuated.
Landslide kills 11 miners in Indonesia .
A landslide sparked by heavy rains has killed 11 miners in Indonesia, authorities said Thursday, marking the latest in a string of deadly mining accidents across the Southeast Asian archipelago. Unlicensed mines are common across mineral-rich Indonesia and the scene of frequent accidents. Earlier this year, nine people were killed by a landslide at an abandoned gold mine in West Sumatra province.Last year, at least 16 people were buried alive when a mine collapsed in North Sulawesi, where five miners were killed a few months earlier in a similar accident.