Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

By Staff reporters   October 18, 2020 | 03:17 pm GMT+7
Rescue forces are working hard in conditions fraught with danger to find 22 army personnel buried by a mountain landslide in Quang Tri Province Sunday morning.
Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

At around 1 a.m. Sunday, the landslide hit two lodgings of the Defense Economics Division 337 in Huong Phung Commune, Huong Hoa District. Five were saved and 22 others were said to be missing.

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

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

The Border Defense Force Command rushed about 100 officers and soldiers of the Border Force of Quang Tri Province to the accident site to participate in the rescue operations. Four officers, coaches and two trained dogs were also sent here from Intermediate School 24 of the La Lay Border Defense Force in the central province.

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

The rescue forces are in a race against time as Quang Tri has been experiencing heavy rains for more than 10 days, triggering a spate of floods and landslides. With the rains continuing the danger of further landslides and the mountain itself collapsing remains a threat.

"Right now the mountain is still collapsing. The noise is louder than bombs. I saw excavators approaching the site and many people participating in searching for the victims," said Dinh Phung, a resident near the site.

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

A body is found after hours of searching.

The People's Committee of Quang Tri Province has 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.

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

After days of rains, the soil has become thick and compact, making it very difficult to dig.

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

Part of the lodgings of the Defense Economics Division 337 was reduced to rubble.

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

A huge amount of rock and dirt broke off from the mountain behind and hit the lodgings and also spilled on to a stadium on the premises.

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

Excavators showel the wet mud.

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

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

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

The scene of the landslide from a distance.

Hectic efforts on to find soldiers missing after Quang Tri landslide

The rescue team had to move dirt from other landslides that had blocked many of the roads in recent days to reach the site.

 
 
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