Three people were fatally trapped under a collapsed wall while helping local residents deal with the aftermath of prolonged heavy downpours in Vinh Phuc Province, northern Vietnam earlier this week.
The incident took place in Kim Long Commune, Tam Duong District at around 6:00 pm on Wednesday, competent authorities confirmed on Thursday.
The three deceased victims were identified as Chu Minh Q., 43, Nguyen Van L., 40, and Hoang Thi Th., 25.
The fourth victim, 22-year-old Hoang Thi L., was injured and taken to the hospital for emergency treatment.
Preliminary information showed that the four people were assisting local residents in cleaning up their houses following torrential rains in the area when the wall of a house suddenly collapsed.
Local authorities arrived at the scene after being notified of the incident and were able to move the victims from the rubble later the same night.
An investigation was also launched to determine the cause of the accident.
The bodies of the deceased victims have been handed over to their family members for funeral rites.
Rainfall of 150 to 300 millimeters previously battered northern and north-central provinces from May 21 to 24, Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper quoted the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting as reporting.
In Tam Duong District, Vinh Phuc Province, rain volume reached up to 496 millimeters.