A landslide in Quang Tri province comes days after another landslide killed 13 people, mostly soldiers, in the neighboring region.
A landslide early Sunday left at least 22 soldiers missing in Vietnam’s central Quang Tri province, the government said, as the Southeast Asian country struggles with the worst flooding in years.
Heavy rains since early October have caused flooding and landslides that have killed at least 64 people in central Vietnam, with heavier rains expected over the next few days.
The landslide hit the barracks of a unit in Vietnam’s 4th Military Region, the government said in a statement on its website, days after another landslide killed 13 people, most of them soldiers in neighboring Thua Thien Hue province.
“We had another sleepless night,” Vietnam’s deputy defense minister Phan Van Giang told reporters on Sunday, visibly moved.
State media reported on Sunday that river water in Quang Tri Province had reached its highest level in over 20 years.
In Thua Thien Hue province, rescuers continued to fight the pouring rain as they searched for at least 15 missing construction workers and feared they were dead after a landslide earlier this week in a mountainous area. .
Heavy rains of up to 600 millimeters (24 inches) will continue in parts of central Vietnam until Wednesday, the Vietnamese weather agency said on Sunday.