Disasters & Accidents

22 soldiers missing after avalanche hits Vietnam military base

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Oct 18 (efe-epa).- At least 22 soldiers and officials have gone missing after a landslide hit a military base in a mountainous Vietnamese province, officials said on Sunday.

The avalanche of dirt and mud struck the barracks of the 4th Military Zone in the central coastal region of Quang Tr? on Saturday night, triggering a rescue operation by dozens of workers, according to Vietnam News, citing officials.

However, bad weather hampered the rescue work as the rain-triggered landslide has blocked the roads to the military base.

It is the second time in the past few days that a landslide has hit Vietnamese soldiers.

On Thursday, the bodies of 13 soldiers and officials were found after a landslide in Th?a Thiên Hu? Province, south of Quang Tri, according to Vietnam News.

The soldiers were part of rescue efforts for military men who were trapped when a landslide hit Rào Trang 3 Hydropower Plant.

At least 64 people have lost their lives in Vietnam since the beginning of October due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains.

Some 10,000 soldiers, police officers, and civilian volunteers have been called by the defense ministry for deployment to assist people in the worst flood-hit areas.

The landslides were triggered by torrential downpours that have battered the central part of the country for more than two weeks.

The rainstorms have flooded more than hundreds of thousands of home homes and destroyed crops on over 6,000 hectares of farmland and killed hundreds of thousands of livestock.

In neighboring Cambodia, downpours since Oct.1 have caused floods in nine provinces and the capital.

At least 18 people have died, while rescuers have evacuated more than 10,000.

Heavy rains have damaged 25,000 houses and destroyed 84,000 hectares of crops, according to the government. EFE-EPA

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