A disaster rescue officer managed to handle a serious flooding situation to take more than 100 students stranded at an isolated school to safety in the northern Vietnamese province of Tuyen Quang on Wednesday.
A heavy rain submerged 38 houses and a large area of crops in water and swept nine buffaloes away in Tuyen Quang’s Lam Binh District in the small hours of that day, according to the committee for natural disaster prevention and search and rescue of Lam Binh District.
The premises of Lam Binh Ethnic Minority Boarding Middle School and Lam Binh High School, which are located in a low area near a stream, were most affected and deep under water.
The flooding situation confined more than 100 students to the school’s dormitory and caused a panic among them.
Upon receiving a report on the incident at the Lam Binh School, Quan Ngoc Hoang, a private of the firefighting and disaster rescue division under the Tuyen Quang Department of Public Security, immediately hit the road to reach the school though it was 3:00 am during his day off.
|Private Quan Ngoc Hoang after rescuing more than 100 students stranded at the flooded Lam Binh Ethnic Minority Boarding Middle School and Lam Binh High School in Lam Binh District, Tuyen Quang Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Truong Thanh / Tuoi Tre|
Hoang had to swim through the fast-flowing water multiple times to access the location to carry out rescue work.
With experience and professional skills, Hoang first reassured the students before guiding and bringing all of them to safe places.
The private then went on to assist in moving the school’s properties to dry places and cleaning work.
The committee for natural disaster prevention and search and rescue of Lam Binh District said that tasks to overcome the consequences of the heavy rain on Wednesday continued on Thursday.