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Two bodies recovered from landslide in Vietnam’s Da Lat

Two bodies recovered from landslide in Vietnam’s Da Lat

Friday, June 30, 2023, 14:11 GMT+7
Two bodies recovered from landslide in Vietnam’s Da Lat
Piles of rubble fell onto a makeshift camp and a house on Hoang Hoa Tham Street in Da Lat, Lam Dong Province, located in Vietnam's Central Highlands, on June 29, 2023, claiming the lives of two construction workers. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

The bodies of a married couple were found at the scene of a deadly landslide that occured in the early hours of Thursday in Da Lat – a major tourist hub in Lam Dong Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.

The deceased were identified as Pham Khanh and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Ven, both 43-year-old residents of Phu Yen Province who had been working in Lam Dong Province as construction workers.

This is the worst landslide Da Lat has experienced in over 10 years. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

This is the worst landslide Da Lat has experienced in over 10 years. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Rescue efforts were still underway as of Thursday afternoon on Hoang Hoa Tham Street in Da Lat’s Ward 10, which the landslide blanketed at 2:30 am following three hours of heavy downpours.

A house and a makeshift camp where 20 construction workers had been staying are now buried under hundreds of metric tons of rock, earth, and debris.

Aside from the two workers being killed in the landslide, four other victims have been rescued and taken to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.

A rescue worker uses a sniffer dog to search for victims of the fatal landslide which hit Da Lat on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A rescue worker uses a sniffer dog to search for victims of the fatal landslide which hit Da Lat on June 29, 2023. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Ninh, a 55-year-old native of Phu Yen Province, had been living in the makeshift camp when the landslide hit.

“I was awoken by an extremely loud noise but I had no idea what was happening. My co-workers and I immediately rushed outside and yelled for help,” Ninh said, adding that the landslide lasted just a few minutes.

Rescuers search for victims of the fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Rescuers search for victims of the fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Tran Van Hiep, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, visited the disaster site to direct the rescue operations.

The chairman also asked relevant agencies to review the licenses of all the buildings located in the landslide area and log any violations.

Speaking at a virtual meeting held following the incident, Hiep demanded that all facilities in landslide-prone locations throughout the province be examined.

Work on buildings that do not meet safety regulations must be suspended, he stressed.​

The scene of a fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

The scene of a fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A concrete damages a house on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

A slab of concrete damages a house on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

A rescue worker at the site of a fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

A rescue worker at the site of a fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

The landslide affected a 5,000-square-meter area, forcing all inhabitants to relocate safety. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

The landslide affected a 5,000-square-meter area, forcing all inhabitants to evacuate. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

Debris from a house destroyed by a fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

Debris from a house destroyed by a fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

The scene of a fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

The scene of a fatal landslide on June 29, 2023 in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: M.V / Tuoi Tre

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