11 confirmed dead, more missing following mine collapse in northern Vietnam

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At least 11 people were confirmed dead and many more remained missing after a mine collapsed in the northern province of Yen Bai on Friday, according to a local official.

Le Trong Khang, vice chairman of Mu Cang Chai District, told Thanh Nien that the accident, which occurred at around 11 am in La Pan Tan Commune, had left two others injured.

Vietnam News Agency reported that some 20 people were working at the lead and tin mine, managed by Thinh Dat Ltd., when the shaft gave way.

Over 100 people have been mobilized to the site to recover the missing, Khang said, adding that the rescue efforts are being conducted manually because the road to the site has been obstructed by landslides.

Ongoing rains have continued to hinder the efforts, he added.

The district authorities attributed the collapse to landslides brought on by heavy rains.

A couple of years ago, a landslide triggered a similar mine collapse that claimed a number of lives in the same commune.

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