Landslide kills 3 in northern mountains, 2 missing

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Three people were killed and two missing when a landslide buried their houses in the mountainous Ha Giang Province early Tuesday.


A heavy downpour of around two hours at 1 a.m. pushed thousands of cubic meters of soil and rock slide off mountainsides, burying two houses in Xin Man District and the sleeping people inside.


Three people were heavily injured and rushed to local hospital, where they died.


The victims have not been identified, said Hoang Van De, deputy director of Ha Giang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Local governments gave the victims' families VND4 million (US$211) for each member killed or missing, and VND1.5 million for each injured.


The northern mountainous region has reported many landslide deaths recently.


Early this month, a landslide in Cao Bang Province killed three seventh-graders while they collected manganese at a mine.


In January, a 3-year-old in Yen Bai Province was killed after thousands of cubic meters of soil from a dumping ground dropped onto four houses following heavy rain. The accident destroyed all of the family's assets.


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