Three children have died as they were buried by falling sand and soil triggered by a landslide while playing in an earthfall-prone area in Vietnam's Central Highlands on Friday.
The accident happened in a remote area of Dam Rong District in Lam Dong Province, where local authorities had erected warning signs around to give warning to residents.
When Lieng Hot Na Than, 7, Lieng Hot Huu Tho, 10, and K’Hieu, were looking after cows at a forest in the area at around 11:00 am on Friday, adult passers-by advised them to leave over the high danger.
Due to a weak structure, the area is vulnerable to landslides following heavy rains, they said.
However, in the absence of adults, Than, Tho, and K’Hieu returned to the area and began a tunnel digging game.
While the children were playing, a landslide suddenly occurred, causing rocks and sand to slide down and bury all of them.
Rescuers managed to take the children out of the accident scene about 20 minutes later, but all of them had been dead.
As the victims’ bodies were handed over to their families, local authorities gave each of them VND18 million (US$790) as financial support for funeral services.