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World Deadly landslides hit Vietnam barracks

14:35  18 october  2020
14:35  18 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Heavy rainfall has hit much of Vietnam in the past week. Floods and landslides have killed at least 70 people. There are fears floodwaters could rise further in the coming days. The government said a unit of Vietnam 's 4th Military Region was hit by the landslide in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Vietnamese authorities say 37 people have died from floods and landslides caused by heavy rain. Another 40 are missing, and thousands have been The northern Yen Bai and Hoa Binh provinces have been particularly hard hit , with reports of widespread inundation and deadly landslides , and

A frantic search is under way in Vietnam to find 11 soldiers whose barracks were buried by a huge landslide as the country battles its worst floods for years.

a group of people walking down a dirt road: Rescue efforts may be thwarted amid fears of further landslides © EPA Rescue efforts may be thwarted amid fears of further landslides

Eleven bodies have so far been pulled from the remains of the barracks in the central province of Quang Tri.

One official says he heard landslides "exploding like bombs" in the night.

Heavy rainfall has hit much of Vietnam in the past week. Floods and landslides have killed at least 70 people.

There are fears floodwaters could rise further in the coming days.

a group of people standing next to a child: Flood waters have affected much of Quang Tri Province © EPA Flood waters have affected much of Quang Tri Province

The government said a unit of Vietnam's 4th Military Region was hit by the landslide in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Heavy flooding and landslides have hit Central Vietnam for more than a week. "From 2 a.m. until now, there have been four to five landslides , exploding like bombs, and it feels like the whole mountain is about to collapse," local official Ha Ngoc Duong said, as reported by Vietnamese newspaper

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"From 2am, there have been four to five landslides, exploding like bombs and it feels like the whole mountain is about to collapse," local official Ha Ngoc Duong was quoted by the VnExpress news site as saying.

As rescuers worked to retrieve bodies, senior officials warned of the danger of further landslides and a safer way to access the site may be needed.

The deadly landslide comes days after 13 members of a rescue team - many of them soldiers - were found dead trying to save workers from a hydropower plant that had been hit by a landslide in the neighbouring province of Thua Thien Hue.

‘Catastrophic floods’: 105 killed, 5 million affected in Vietnam .
At least 178,000 homes submerged and nearly 7,000 hectares of crop impacted.About a third of the dead included soldiers whose barracks were buried under deadly mudslides last week, Reuters news agency reported.

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