Two more bodies found in devastating Quang Nam landslide

By Nguyen Dong, Dac Thanh   October 29, 2020 | 10:23 pm PT
Two more bodies found in devastating Quang Nam landslide
Soldiers look for missing victims in a landslide at Tra Leng Commune, Nam Tra My District, Quang Nam Province, October 29, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.
Two more bodies caught in a Wednesday landslide in central Quang Nam Province’s Nam Tra My District were found Friday, bringing the landslide casualties in the district to 16.

The two bodies were retrieved by rescuers at the landslide site in Nam Tra My’s Tra Leng Commune Friday morning, said Ho Quang Buu, deputy chairman of the Quang Nam People’s Committee.

There are now 12 still missing.

"Roads leading into the landslide site are now clear, allowing motor vehicles to get in, so I hope we would be able to find the victims more quickly," Buu said, adding that rescue teams are comprised of about 300 soldiers, police officers and local residents.

Authorities have also dispatched sniffer dogs and flycams to help with the search. As there is light rain in the area, search and rescue operations would need to be faster, Buu said.

Quang Nam Province has seen several landslides since Wednesday, triggered by impacts of storm Molave. Two different landslides happened in Tra Leng and Tra Van communes in Nam Tra My Wednesday. The Tra Van landslide caught 20 people with them, of whom eight have been killed and the rest were injured. The Tra Leng commune caught 53, with 33 survivors, eight confirmed dead and 12 others still missing.

Another landslide in Quang Nam’s Phuoc Son District on Thursday have buried 11 people, killing at least five, leaving six still missing. All 11 victims are believed to belong to the same family.

Storm Molave, which made landfall Wednesday morning and weakened into a tropical depression by 4 p.m., uprooted many trees and damaged hundreds of buildings. Nearly 230 houses collapsed and some 88,600 others had their roofs blown away.

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