First nine bodies recovered from power plant landslide site

18:06 15/10/2020
Search and rescue workers on the afternoon of October 15 retrieved nine bodies from a landslide site near Rao Trang 3 Hydropower Plant in Phong Dien district of Thua Thien Hue province.

Upon their recovery, each of the bodies were immediately transported to Military Hospital 268 in Hue for identification, according to a statement by local authorities.

First nine bodies recovered from power plant landslide site

At present rescue workers find themselves racing against time to search for the remaining four other individuals who are believed to be trapped in the debris before the weather gets worse, especially with another strong storm forecast to make landfall in the coming days.

In an attempt to support rescue efforts, the Ministry of Defence has deployed hundreds of soldiers and sniffer dogs, whilst some 10 excavators have been dispatched in a bid to clear mud and soil, making it easier for rescue workers to access the site.

The 13 victims were part of a 21-member working group that had travelled to Rao Trang 3 Hydropower Plant on October 12 to assist with the rescue work.

Tragically, a significant landslide consisting of mud and soil was triggered by heavy rain and fell on a terrace house at the Song Bo Forest Rangers Station where the group were staying overnight.

Eight people were able to escape the landslide, while the remaining 13 were buried in the rubble. Many of them were military officers, including a Major General.