World Vietnam: Nine rescuers killed in landslides

20:30  16 october  2020
20:30  16 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Seventeen employees of the plant are reported missing as a result and the body of another worker was found

Les secouristes tentaient de sauver des travailleurs emportés par les pluies. © 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. The workers were employed by a hydroelectric power station. According to a government website, 17 plant workers are missing as a result of the landslide and the body of another worker has been found.

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Catastrophic flooding and rain-related landslides in this region have killed at least 40 people in the past week, local officials say, who predict bad weather will persist. Official media released footage showing hundreds of soldiers digging through the mud with construction machinery in an attempt to free any survivors.

Over 200,000 dwellings submerged

Entire villages were submerged in the central provinces of Quang Tri and Quang Nam, while the waters spilled into the former imperial capital of Hue and the tourist town of Hoi An over the weekend. end. In total, nearly one million people were affected by the rains and more than 200,000 homes submerged.

Vietnam frequently has to face very difficult weather conditions during the rainy season, between June and November, the regions of the central coast being the most vulnerable. Last year, 132 people died or went missing due to natural disasters in Vietnam, according to the General Bureau of Statistics. Neighboring Cambodia was also severely affected, particularly in the north-west of the country. Thirteen people died there, including five children, according to the National Center for Disaster Management.

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Landslide in Quang Tri province comes days after another mudslide killed 13, mostly soldiers, in neighbouring region.Intense rains since early October have caused floods and mudslides that have killed at least 64 people in central Vietnam, with more heavy rainfall expected over the next few days.

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