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Vietnam’s famous tourist city relocates people after dangerous landslide

Vietnam’s famous tourist city relocates people after dangerous landslide

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10:54 GMT+7
Vietnam’s famous tourist city relocates people after dangerous landslide
The scene of a landslide in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, November 12, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Many people from seven households were evacuated on Friday after a serious landslide engulfed a house in a residential area in Vietnam’s Central Highlands city of Da Lat.

The landslide occurred on the Mimosa Pass in Ward 10 of Da Lat City, located in the mountainous province of Lam Dong, at around 3:00 pm on Friday, burying furniture, items, and corrugated iron roofs belonging to the affected households.

One house was entombed under rocks and soil.

In addition, the area prone to the aftermath of the landslide stretches 50 meters long and covers many hotels.

Some buildings even had their foundations exposed while some houses had cracked walls after the landslide.

A street is sealed off after a landslide in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, November 12, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre
A street is sealed off after a landslide in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, November 12, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Da Lat City authorities sealed off the scene shortly after and relocated people, including local residents and tourists, from seven households along the Mimosa Pass to safety.

The cause of the incident has not been determined, but it is attributed to torrential rains in the past few days, which weakened the ground structure, according to Ton That Thanh Vu, chairman of the People’s Committee of Ward 10.

Many other people believed that the geological structure of the area in question was originally weak and steep, but it was under heavy force of several high-rise buildings and hotels built along the slope of the Mimosa Pass, causing the ground to break and leading to landslides.

The scene of a landslide in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, November 12, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre
The scene of a landslide in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, November 12, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre
The scene of a landslide in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, November 12, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre
The scene of a landslide in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, November 12, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre

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