Vietnam: 22 soldiers found dead in landslide; PM calls for support for flood victims


Soldiers and rescue specialists going through the grim task of finding the bodies of their comrades at Quang Tri Province in Vietnam on Monday (Oct 19,2020). - Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI, Oct. 19 (Vietnam News/ANN): The bodies of all 22 military personnel who were buried by a landslide in central Vietnam's Quang Tri Province have been found, the local media reported on Monday.

Early on Sunday, their base in the province's mountainous Huong Hoa District was engulfed by a landslide caused by continuous downpours in the region.

The accident marked the second time in the past few days that military personnel suffered from landslides.

Last week, the bodies of 13 officers and soldiers were found after being hit by a landslide in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

They had been dispatched to rescue workers at a hydropower plant who were also trapped by a landslide.

Heavy rains are expected to stay in central Vietnam until Wednesday, with rainfall expected to be over 600mm in some areas, generating high risks of more floods, flash floods and inundation, according to the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control on Monday.

Meanwhile, a nationwide campaign has been launched to raise funds for poor households and flood victims in the central region.



The campaign was started on Saturday (Oct 17) and live broadcast from Hanoi with the attendance of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Speaking at the event, PM Phuc asks businesses, organisations and individuals in and out of the country to continue providing support for people hit by storms in the central region.

“The mission of sustainably reducing poverty and ensuring social security is getting more difficult every day, especially when our economy is suffering from a pandemic and natural disasters, ” he said.

“It requires us to stand together and be more proactive and creative in mobilising and moderating different financial sources.

“'Working together for the poor - leaving no one behind’ should not be just an empty slogan, we really should act on it with our sympathy, love, and follow our hearts.”

Major storms and floods in the central region have destroyed socio-economic infrastructure in several localities and left several households in extreme poverty and bad health conditions, he added.

There are some 1.9 million people in 500,000 poor households who are unable to work and lift themselves out of poverty nationwide, he said.

Some VNĐ2.4 trillion (US$103.4 million) was raised at the event.

Another fundraising programme was also started on Saturday in HCM City by the city’s Vietnamese Fatherland Front committee.

It called for support in the form of goods, necessities and cash from all walks of life for residents in the central region.

A total of VNĐ7.7 billion ($332,000) worth of goods and in cash was raised at the event. - Vietnam News/Asian News Network

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