Two private companies in charge of a mine where an explosion outside the northern city of Hai Phong triggered a rockslide killing at least five workers on Friday has reportedly tried to conceal the deaths and secretly delivered the bodies to the bereaved families
Officials have closed the mine after learning of the accident.
The victims have been identified as Nguyen Van Trung, 25, Dinh Van Long, 38, Dinh Van Luan, 33, and two brothers Bui Van Thi and Bui Van Hoa, from the nearby Hai Duong and Hoa Binh provinces.
Nguyen Huy Hoang, vice chairman of Thuy Nguyen District, said Phuc Son Cement Company in Hai Duong had hired Kien Ngoc Company to harvest cement materials from the mine using explosives.
The victims were all Kien Ngoc’s workers.
Local authorities had yet to confirm the casualties with Kien Ngoc or gather details of the dead workers’ involvement in the accident.
Hoang said he had ordered Phuc Son to send trucks to search for any more possible victims.
Police are investigating further.
Deadly accidents are not new to illegal or private mines in Vietnam, where labor and safety regulations are often disregarded