Vietnam troops find all bodies buried in landslide

The bodies of all 22 military personnel who were buried by a landslide in central Vietnam’s Quang Tri province have been found, Vietnam News Agency reported.

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 landslide was the fourth incident of its kind in the space of six days in central Vietnam, which is expecting more intense rainfall in the coming days.

The military, which plays a key role in Vietnam’s disaster response, has sent hundreds of rescuers, heavy equipment and search dogs to help the mission as the government tackles some of its worst floods in years.

In neighbouring Thua Thien Hue province, rescuers battled driving rain in search of at least 15 construction workers missing after a landslide a week ago.

Eleven soldiers sent to find them were killed by a separate mudslide.

A family of six was killed when mud buried their house as they slept late on Saturday in Quang Tri province.

Floods in the region have inundated more than 120,000 houses, cut off traffic and forced schools to close.

State media showed images of people in long-tail boats next to houses with water at roof level.

State television showed footage of people moving their cattle at midnight and being evacuated from their homes, among them some older residents who said it reminded them of the wartime era nearly five decades ago.

Heavy rains are expected to last until tomorrow, 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. — Reuters

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