The site of the landslide. Photo credit: VnExpress
A landslide caused by torrential rains on Sunday buried a house in the northeastern province of Cao Bang, killing three and injuring five others of a family, news website VnExpress reported.
The incident happened at around 9 p.m. when rocks and soil of a hill came roaring down and buried the house of Trieu Sanh Khuon, 40, in Thong Nong District.
Khuon and his wife Trieu Thi Chuong, 43, and their son Trieu Van Say, 20, died on the spot.
Five other members of the family were injured.
Trieu Chung Man, a 77-year-old man, and Trieu Thi Muong, a 16-year-old girl, managed to run out of the house in time.
After rescuers arrived at the scene, they started digging up and recovered the dead bodies. The work became difficult as it was raining heavily and the soil got muddy.
Thong Nong District’s authorities evacuated two households near the site to a school to avoid another landslide.
Torrential rains starting last Friday in northern provinces triggered flash floods and landslides in mountainous provinces.
At least 10 people were reported dead, 80 houses were swept away and 3,500 houses were submerged under water during the weekend.
Heavy rain in Quang Ninh Province from July 26-31 triggered floods and landslides that killed at least 17 people and injured 15 others. Some 2,500 tourists were stranded on Co To Island near Ha Long Bay due to rough seas since July 26.
All of them had been rescued by August 2.