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​Landslide buries entire village in northern Vietnam

Friday, June 29, 2018, 14:20 GMT+7
​Landslide buries entire village in northern Vietnam
Local residents see their destroyed homes after the landslide at Sang Tung Village in the northern province of Lai Chau. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Twenty-six out of 28 houses at a village in the northern Vietnamese province of Lai Chau are buried under dirt and rocks following landslide which struck the area before dawn on Wednesday.

The mudslide swept through Sang Tung Village in Ta Ngao Commune, Sin Ho District at around 3:00 am.

Luckily, all 126 villagers had been evacuated from the area before the incident after local residents reported large cracks along the mountainsides flanking the village on Tuesday.

Twenty-six out of 28 houses in the village are wrecked.
Twenty-six out of 28 houses in the village are wrecked.

Locals only had time to save a few valuable objects from their houses. Everything left behind has been wiped away by the disaster.

Hang A Phu, a Sang Tung villager, said his family spent seven years saving enough timber to build their house. Now, everything is gone.

“I was unable to save my chickens, ducks, and pigs,” Phu added.

Villagers were unable to collect all their belongings in time.
Villagers were unable to collect all their belongings in time.

Over 300 officers have been tasked with assisting the villagers while local authorities find them a new a home.

Several mountainous provinces in northern Vietnam were pounded with heavy downpours from Saturday to Wednesday, particularly Lai Chau and Ha Giang, resulting in flash floods and landslides.

At least 23 people have been killed and ten have gone missing since the disaster began, while financial damage is estimated at VND450 billion (US$19.8 million).

A woman sheds tears after seeing her destroyed home.
A woman sheds tears after seeing her destroyed home.
A young girl reacts to the destroyed village.
A young girl reacts to the destroyed village.
Local residents are unsure where they will live.
Local residents are unsure where they will live.
Some belongings salvaged from the destroyed homes.
Some belongings salvaged from the destroyed homes.
Officers bring supplies to the villagers. Temporary shelters set up for the victims.
Officers bring supplies to the villagers. Temporary shelters set up for the victims.
Temporary shelters set up for the victims.
Temporary shelters set up for the victims.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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