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10 killed, 14 injured in wall collapse at construction site in southern Vietnam

Friday, May 15, 2020, 11:34 GMT+7
10 killed, 14 injured in wall collapse at construction site in southern Vietnam
A wall collapses at the construction site in Trang Bom District, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam on May 14, 2020. Photo: K.H. / Tuoi Tre

Authorities say at least ten have died and 14 others remain injured following the collapse of a wall at a construction site in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Nai on Thursday afternoon.

Construction workers at Giang Dien Industrial Park in Trang Bom District, Dong Nai Province found themselves scrambling for safety after a wall at the site collapsed at around 2:15 pm Thursday.

All of the victims in the incident had been building a factory for AV Healthcare, a South Korean company that manufactures diapers and baby bottles.

The construction site covers an area of over 21,100 square meters.

A wall collapses at the construction site in Trang Bom District, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam on May 14, 2020. Photo: K.H. / Tuoi Tre
A wall collapses at the construction site in Trang Bom District, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, May 14, 2020. Photo: K.H. / Tuoi Tre

Rescuers brought in ten excavators to help with recovering the victims. 

The provincial Department of Health confirmed at 5:00 pm the same day that at least ten people had lost their lives to the accident.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the construction site while eight others passed away from their injuries at a nearby hospital.

Fourteen people rescued from the site are currently being treated for their injuries at the infirmary.

Police officers arrive at the construction site in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam on May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Police officers arrive at the construction site where a wall collapsed in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Police officers have yet to determine the cause of the accident, though severe penalties are expected should they detect any violations in regard to the design, construction, supervision, or quality of the project.

Colonel Nguyen Van Kim, director of the Dong Nai Department of Police, confirmed on Friday morning that three people have been arrested for being allegedly responsible for the accident.

Police officers arrive at the construction site in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam on May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Police officers arrive at the construction site where a wall collapsed in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The three include Ha Huy Hai, director of Ha Hai Nga Company, which is in charge of the construction, along with his two employees.

Initial investigation has revealed signs of violations of construction regulations, while some workers have not signed a labor contract with the firm, according to Col. Kim.

The police department is coordinating with the provincial Department of Construction to further probe the case.

Excavators are used to help rescue the victims who are buried under debris in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam on May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Excavators are used to help rescue the victims who are buried under debris after a wall collapsed at a construction site in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Injured victims are brought to the hospital for emergency treatment in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam on May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Injured victims of a construction site accident are brought to the hospital for emergency treatment in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Excavators are used to help rescue the victims who are buried under debris in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam on May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Excavators are used to help rescue the victims who are buried under debris after a wall collapsed at a construction site in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Excavators are used to help rescue the victims who are buried under debris in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam on May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Excavators are used to help rescue the victims who are buried under debris after a wall collapsed at a construction site in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, May 14, 2020. Photo: Son Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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