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Border patrol officer swept away by floods in northern Vietnam

Monday, November 23, 2020, 16:10 GMT+7
Border patrol officer swept away by floods in northern Vietnam
A wreath is sent by Lai Chau’s authorities to pay tribute to Lieutenant Commander Lo Van Thep in the funeral. Photo: Đ.D. / Tuoi Tre

Lieutenant Commander Lo Van Thep, head of the administrative division under the Mu Ca border checkpoint in Lai Chau Province, northern Vietnam was killed by an unexpected flood while on duty last week.

On November 18, the Lai Chau Border Guard Command, in collaboration with the deceased officer’s relatives, held a funeral ritual for Thep, 45, who was a native of Dien Bien Province and had a registered address in Bum Nua Commune, Muong Te District, Lai Chau Province.

Lai Chau Province’s government sent a wreath to Thep’s funeral and presented VND50 million (US$2,154) to support the dead officer’s family in the wake of the tragedy.

On November 9, while doing his duty in preventing the COVID-19 pandemic, Thep was suddenly swept away by raging torrents in the local Da River.

His body was found eight days later by a team of rescuers.

Lo Van Thep joined the army in March 1994 and he has since worked at many different units and border stations in Lai Chau, a mountainous province about 300 kilometers from Hanoi.

Thep was admitted to the Communist Party of Vietnam in 2002.

He was awarded many medals and certificates of merit during his career.

A son of Lo Van Thep carries his father’s photo during the funeral held on November 18, 2020 in Bum Nua Commune, Muong Te District, Lai Chau Province. Photo: Đ.D. / Tuoi Tre

A son of Lo Van Thep carries his father’s photo during the funeral held on November 18, 2020 in Bum Nua Commune, Muong Te District, Lai Chau Province. Photo: Đ.D. / Tuoi Tre

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