Soldiers prepare to depart for the search and rescue mission at the landslide site at Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant (Photo: VNA)
Search and rescue teams are approaching the landslide site at Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue by water and by road on October 14.
The road team, who took the route along Road 71, has come close to the place where the bodies and stranded victims were located. The road has been basically cleared up, while the weather was reported to be favorable on October 14 morning, facilitating the movement of rescue cars.
Meanwhile, the other group deployed by the provincial police is using canoes and boats to cross the Huong Dien hydro-power reservoir to approach the Rao Trang 4 hydropower plant to deliver relief goods and transport stranded workers out of the site.
The Rao Trang 3 and 4 hydropower plants have been isolated due to floods and landslides since October 12. On October 13 evening, Nguyen Dai Thanh, director of the Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant, informed that three deaths linked to the landslides on October 12 were confirmed.
A 21-strong team for search and rescue, including local officials and military, also met with a landslide on their way to the Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant on October 13, leaving 13 missing, while eight others managed to escape.
Besides, 17 workers at the Rao Trang 3 power plant are also missing after the landslide. About 40 workers there have safely moved to the Rao Trang 4 plant. On October 13 evening, a team of the provincial police managed to reach the Rao Trang 4 plant. Five severely injured people were rushed to the hospital.VNA