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11 dead after huge mountain landslide engulfs army camp in Vietnam

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A landslide has engulfed an army barracks in central Vietnam, killing 11 soldiers
A landslide has engulfed an army barracks in central Vietnam, killing 11 soldiers (Pictures: Getty/AP/EPA)

Several Vietnamese soldiers have been killed and many more are missing after a huge landslide engulfed an army barracks during the country’s worst floods ‘in years.’

A frantic search is under way for any survivors buried underneath thick mud at a military station in Quang Tri province in the centre of the south Asian country.

So far 11 have been confirmed dead and 11 others are still missing – bringing the overall death toll of this week’s heavy rains to at least 64.

‘We had another sleepless night,’ a visibly emotional Phan Van Giang, Vietnam’s deputy defence minister, told reporters on Sunday.

Witnesses described rocks ‘raining down like bombs’ on the camp which was built at the bottom of a mountain.

‘From 2am, there have been four to five landslides, exploding like bombs and it feels like the whole mountain is about to collapse,’ said local official Ha Ngoc Duong, according to the VnExpress news site.

Heavy rain has pounded the region for more than a week, causing widespread floods and landslides and there are concerns the waters could rise further, according to Vietnam’s disaster management authority.

Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, the army’s chief of general staff, warned there could be further landslides in the area and said rescuers needed to find a safer way to access the site.

epa08754553 Rescue workers in action during an operation searching for missing people after a landslide which left at least 22 soldiers missing Quang Tri province, Vietnam, 18 October 2020. EPA/STR VIETNAM OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Rescue workers in action during an operation searching for missing people after a landslide which left at least 22 soldiers missing Quang Tri province, Vietnam (Picture: EPA)
epa08754550 Rescue workers in action during an operation searching for missing people after a landslide which left at least 22 soldiers missing Quang Tri province, Vietnam, 18 October 2020. EPA/STR VIETNAM OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
The country is experiencing its worst floods ‘in decades’ (Picture: EPA)

It comes just days after 13 members of a rescue team were found dead after a failed attempt to save workers from a hydropower plant engulfed by a landslide.

The bodies of two employees at the plant have been found but 15 are still missing after the tragedy in the neighbouring province of Thua Thien Hue.

River levels in Quang Tri have reached their highest in two decades, state media said. The disaster management authority raised its risk alert warning to the second highest level on Sunday, warning of further flooding and landslides.

Vietnam is prone to natural disasters and regularly suffers more than a dozen storms each year, often bringing flooding and landslides.

Army officers carry a body recovered from a landslide in Quang Tri province, Vietnam, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. The landslide in central Vietnam buried at least 22 army officers, just a week after another landslide killed over a dozen others due to prolonged rains in the region, state media reported. (Tran Le Lam/VNA via AP)
A body is recovered by rescue workers (Picture: AP)
This picture taken on October 18, 2020 and released by the Vietnam News Agency on October 18, 2020 shows military personnel searching for missing soldiers at the site of a landslide in central Vietnam's Quang Tri province. (Photo by STR / Vietnam News Agency / AFP) (Photo by STR/Vietnam News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
A frantic search for survivors is under way (Picture: Getty Images)

More than 130 people were reported dead or missing in natural disasters around the country last year, the General Statistics Office said.

Cambodia has also been hit by heavy flooding and the death toll there jumped to 20 on Saturday, including six children, according to disaster management authorities.

Heavy rain of up to 600 millimetres will continue in parts of central Vietnam until Wednesday, Vietnam’s weather agency said on Sunday.

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