Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide


Rescue forces are looking for military personnel buried by a mountain landslide in Quang Tri Province early Sunday morning, while more landslides are occuring.


At 1 a.m. Sunday, a mountain landslide buried two lodgings of the Army Economic Group 337 in Huong Phung Commune, Huong Hoa District, central Vietnam. Five were rescued and 22 were buried.

By 3 p.m, 12 bodies had been found.

Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide

The Border Defence Force Command sent about 100 officers and soldiers of the Border Force of Quang Tri Province to the scene for rescue efforts. Four officers, coaches and two trained dogs from the Intermediate School 24 of the La Lay Border Defense Force in Quang Tri were also dispatched here.

Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide
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The forces have to race against the time as Quang Tri is suffering heavy rains which have caused flood for more than 10 days. The rain still continues so mountain landslides can occur anytime.

“Right now the mountain is still collapsing. The noise is louder than bombs. I saw excavators approach the scene and many people participated in searching for the victims,” said Dinh Phung, a resident near the scene.

Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide

A body was found after hours of searching.

The Quang Tri People’s Committee set up an emergency team and a command board in Huong Hoa District, led by Vice Chairman of the committee Ha Sy Dong, to direct the rescue work.

Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide

The lodgings of Army Economic Group 337 is now a pile of rubble.

Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide

A huge amount of rock and dirt fell from the mountain on to the two lodgings and filled the stadium.

Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide

The fences were wiped out.

Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide

The amount of rock and dirt is estimated to be 3-4 m thick.

Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide

The scene of the mountain landslide seen from afar.

Racing against time to find 22 victims in Quang Tri landslide

Previously, the rescue team had to move the dirt from landslides that blocked many of the roads in recent days to reach the scene.

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