Landslide hits Vietnam army barracks, 22 soldiers missing

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, Vietnam October 14, 2020. — Tran Le Lam/VNA handout via Reuters
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, Vietnam October 14, 2020. — Tran Le Lam/VNA handout via Reuters

HANOI, Oct 18 — A landslide early today left at least 22 soldiers missing in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Tri, the government said, as the South-east Asian country battles the worst flooding in years.

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.

The landslide 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 neighbouring province of Thua Thien Hue.

“We had another sleepless night,” a visibly emotional Phan Van Giang, Vietnam’s deputy defence minister, told reporters today.

State media reports today said water at rivers in Quang Tri province rose to the highest levels in more than 20 years.

In Thua Thien Hue province, rescuers continued to battle driving rain as they searched for at least 15 construction workers missing and feared dead after a landslide at the start of the week in a mountainous area.

Heavy rain of up to 600 millimetres will continue in parts of central Vietnam until Wednesday, Vietnam’s weather agency said today. — Reuters

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