Vietnam: Five military personnel have been confirmed dead and 18 others are still missing after a landslide hit central Vietnam today, due to the worst floods in years.
A massive search operation was launched to locate the missing victims.
Heavy rains hit the region for more than a week, killing 64 people as a result of floods and landslides, Vietnamese disaster management authorities reported, following concerns that water levels would continue to rise.
According to the government’s official website, piles of rocks buried military barracks in Quang Tri province, with 22 members believed to be buried under thick mudslides.
“Since 2 am, there have been four to five landslides, exploding like a bomb and it caused the whole mountain to collapse,” said local official Ha Ngoc Duong, as reported by the VnExpress news site.
State media added that five bodies have been found so far.
The tragedy came days after 13 rescuers were found dead when they failed to rescue workers from a landslide-affected power plant.
The bodies of two plant workers were found, but 15 other victims are still missing.
Water levels in Quang Tei have reached the second-highest level in two decades, state media reported again.
Disaster management authorities also raised flood warnings to the second-highest level today, asking the public to be vigilant for more frequent floods and landslides.
Vietnam is prone to natural disasters and is often hit by dozens of storms every year, leading to landslides and floods.