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12 dead in Vietnam rock slide

2012-09-07 20:15

At least 12 people have been killed and six others are still missing after a rockslide hit northern Vietnam, local police have said.

Hanoi - At least 12 people have been killed and six others are still missing after a rockslide hit northern Vietnam on Friday, local police said.

The victims, all of them poor farmers of the H'Mong ethnic minority group, were collecting ore when they were buried under hundreds of cubic metres of rock in the mountainous district of Mu Cang Chai in northern Yen Bai province, said a local policeman who was on duty at the time of the accident.

"We have recovered 11 bodies. Another person died on the way to hospital. We are searching for about six more victims," the policeman told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The rock slide was mainly caused by heavy rain, he said, adding that rescue workers were hampered by the remote location of the accident site, which is several hours on foot from the nearest community.

"More than 100 policemen and soldiers have been mobilised as part of the rescue effort though we think it will be difficult to find more surviving victims," he told AFP on the phone.

Only two people have so far been successfully rescued, he said, adding that both were receiving treatment in a local hospital.

Comments
  • elsbeth.verhoeven - 2012-09-07 20:36

    It is really so sad as I met many of the Mong people this year in North Vietnam.

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