Another worker confirmed dead from hydropower plant landslide, 15 still missing

By Hoang Tao   October 15, 2020 | 11:23 pm PT
Another worker confirmed dead from hydropower plant landslide, 15 still missing
Rescue forces sale to Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant landslide site to search for victims, October 16, 2020. Photo by VnExpress.
The body of a worker buried by a landslide near Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant in Thua Thien Hue Province of central Vietnam was found Friday.

This was the second body recovered from the landslide that occurred at midnight on Monday at a construction site near the hydropower plant, located deep in the jungle, around 30 km (18.6 miles) from Phong Xuan Commune People's Committee in Phong Dien District. A total 17 workers were reportedly buried during the incident.

The first victim's body was found Wednesday. So far, 15 others remain missing.

The second victim was found on the ground after a torrential downpour Thursday night washed away huge amount of soil and rock.

Colonel Nguyen Dinh Thua, deputy director of Thua Thien Hue Police Department, said authorities are sending a boat to the hydropower plant site to retrieve the victim's body.

Since last week, Thua Thien-Hue and other parts of the central region have been drenched by torrential rains, triggering floods and landslides.

At midnight Monday, a collapsing hill buried the plant's operation center inside which several employees were sleeping.

The same day, a 21-member rescue team was dispatched to the scene to verify the incident. They stopped at a ranger station to rest for the night. A rocky landslide hit the station at midnight Tuesday and only eight people managed to escape.

The bodies of the other 13, including Major General Nguyen Van Man, deputy commander of the 4th Military Region of Vietnam People's Army that oversees the north-central region, were retrieved on Thursday.

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