A landslide has killed over a dozen army soldiers in Vietnam – with more reported missing – following heavy rain and severe flooding in the Southeast Asian country on Sunday.
A search is underway for 11 missing soldiers whose barracks were buried in mud and debris when the landslide crashed into the buildings – while 14 military personnel have already been confirmed dead, the Vietnam government has said.
The landslide was caused by heavy rainfall and flooding in the central province of Quang Tri, local government reports state.
The barracks that has been left buried under mud was a unit of Vietnam’s 4th Military Region – with the 14 reported dead counting as the biggest military loss for the nation during peace time.
Flooding caused a landslide that killed 13 people in the neighbouring province of Thua Thien Hue last week.
While at least 70 people have been killed by floods and landslides across the country in the past week after the Southeast Asian country suffered the worst floods for years.
The government announced in a social media post that the country had “never lost so many military members, including two generals and high ranking officials, in natural disasters”.
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While one official told the BBC he had heard landslides “exploding like bombs” in the night.
More heavy rain is forecast for the first half to the week ahead – with 600mm of water expected to fall from the sky until Wednesday.
And while the forecast is predicted to turn to sunny intervals by midweek, a risk of further rain is predicted until the end of the month and beyond.
The bad weather has caused rivers in Quang Tri rose to the highest levels in more than 20 years.
While a reported 40,000 homes have been left partially submerged in water following the downpours.
There are concerns that further rain will lead to more flooding and landslides – with weather warnings and forecast of “heavy rain” issued by forecasters.
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