Thirty tons of rice were lost as a barge loaded with sand lost control and hit several rice boats in a floating market in the Mekong Delta's Can Tho City Saturday.
Dozens of boats were pushed or damaged and four of them sank. The boats were anchored at the Cai Rang Food Processing Factory at the Cai Rang floating market.
Preliminary investigations show that the boats were carrying more than 30 tons of rice and unhusked rice worth nearly VND200 million (US$10,444), a teal of gold now worth around VND26 million, VND24 million in cash and other assets.
The barge driver fled the scene immediately.
Eyewitnesses said barges from the nearby Bac Lieu Province were racing each other. One of them didn't make it when the river got narrow, the water was flowing fast and was crowded with boats, they said.
The barge also crashed into a wharf belonging to the factory, delaying the unloading of rice.
Last Wednesday, another barge carrying more than 320 tons of sand sank in the Hau River afer hitting a bridge.