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World Troops, helicopters hunt for survivors after deadly Vietnam landslides

12:10  14 october  2020
12:10  14 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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By Khanh Vu

a group of people wearing military uniforms: Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (C) leads a rescue team to search for missing people at a site of a landslide near a hydropower dam in Thua Thien Hue province © Reuters/DO TRUONG/VNA Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (C) leads a rescue team to search for missing people at a site of a landslide near a hydropower dam in Thua Thien Hue province

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam deployed helicopters and soldiers on Wednesday to search for dozens of people feared dead in two catastrophic landslides near a hydropower dam, triggered by adverse weather that aid groups warned could overwhelm the most resilient communities.

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"There were sometimes landslides below, but we were far from imagining that this place was a risky area," Fotso said. Local residents had never been informed of the In July last year, five people died in a landslide and flooding in Cameroon's southwestern coastal resort of Limbe, in an area even more

Heavy rains have hampered rescue efforts as hopes faded for the possibility of finding survivors among the 130 missing and feared buried in the central Sri

a group of people on a sidewalk: Military personnel, part of the rescue team, are deployed to search for missing people at a site of a landslide near a hydropower dam in Thua Thien Hue province © Reuters/TRAN LE LAM/VNA Military personnel, part of the rescue team, are deployed to search for missing people at a site of a landslide near a hydropower dam in Thua Thien Hue province

The first of hundreds of rescuers with boats and army vehicles battled through blocked roads to reach the dam site in the remote mountainous area of central Vietnam early on Wednesday, hoping to find survivors among at least 30 people missing after Monday's mudslides.

Intense rains since early October have caused floods and mudslides that have killed at least 39 people in central Vietnam, while more heavy rainfall is expected until early next week on several fronts, including from tropical storm Nangka, which made landfall earlier on Wednesday.

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Troops searched for survivors in the remote southern tip of Laos on Thursday, three days after the collapse of a hydropower dam sent a torrent of water Debris is seen in an area affected by landslide after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018.

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a group of people standing in front of a building: Military personnel, part of the rescue team, are deployed to search for missing people at a site of a landslide near a hydropower dam in Thua Thien Hue provinc © Reuters/TRAN LE LAM/VNA Military personnel, part of the rescue team, are deployed to search for missing people at a site of a landslide near a hydropower dam in Thua Thien Hue provinc

"The search and rescue work is being conducted in a rapid manner, with a target of bringing the victims out within today," the government said in a statement.

Among those are 13 members of a rescue team hit by a second landslide while trying to reach the trapped construction workers at the Rao Trang 3 hydropower dam in Thua Thien Hue province. Three workers were killed and 17 were missing.

Local television showed troops arriving in trucks along narrow tracks and an air force helicopter flying above the mountains to deliver supplies to rescuers, passing over fast-flowing streams of muddy brown water.

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) said nearly one million people in central Vietnam would be severely affected by floods, with grave fears those would worsen and deprive huge numbers of people of emergency help.

"Multiple storm fronts will overwhelm even the most prepared and resilient communities," said Hung Ha Nguyen, IFRC programme coordinator.

Tropical storm Nangka will cause heavy rain in northern and central Vietnam until Friday but will weaken as it travels further inland on Wednesday, the weather agency said.

(Reporting by Khanh Vu; Additional reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Martin Petty)

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