13 rescuers found dead in central Vietnam's landslides, several missing

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-15 21:51:12|Editor: huaxia

HANOI, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The bodies of 13 rescuers have been retrieved from the rubbles of a recent landslide in central Vietnam's Thua Thien Hue province as of Thursday evening, while several victims remained missing, Vietnam News Agency reported.

The 13 dead were part of a 21-member rescue team who had set out to verify reports of workers buried by another landslide at the Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant in Thua Thien Hue's Phong Dien District.

The rescue team, including local officials and military personnel, was hit by a landslide on their way to the scene, leaving 13 missing since early Tuesday, while eight others escaped.

Among the 17 workers reportedly missing at the hydropower plant, three were found dead on Wednesday. The search is still underway for the remaining workers.

Since Oct. 5, Thua Thien Hue and other parts of the central region of Vietnam have been drenched by heavy downpours, which triggered floods and landslides, according to the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. Enditem