Landslides kill 4, leave 2 missing in central Vietnam

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The aftermath of a recent landslide in Quang Ngai Province Friday. Photo courtesy of VnExpress

Heavy rains led to a landslide that killed three men in the south-central province of Phu Yen Saturday night and left another missing.

The bodies of Bui Cong Khai, 30, Truong Quoc Cong, 33, and Pham Ngoc Nghia, 31, were found Saturday night. Security forces are still looking for Luong Ngoc Tinh, 34, who is presumed to be buried somewhere under the debris of soil, rock and fallen trees.

Tran Trong Ky, vice chairman of Tay Hoa District, said: "Many large trees hindered the search."

Ky said the landside covered nearly 800 meters of mountainside.

Locals said the four men did not return from their trip to the jungle Friday to collect resin.

Meanwhile, authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai are looking for local man Dinh Van Lang, also believed to be buried a landslide that collapsed his house more than a week ago.

They found the body of his wife, Dinh Thi Hiep, earlier this week underground. She had been thrown more than 300 meters from the house.

Their two children are safe as they were not home during the disaster.

Dinh Van Ha, the couple's neighbor in the mountainous district of Son Tay, said it was pouring rain and he heard an explosion that sounded like a bomb, as rocks started tumbling down en masse.

"Their house was buried, nothing left to see. Maybe we should move," Ha told news website VnExpress.

Another landslide early on Friday hit three agricultural offices in Son Tay, damaging equipment and burying documents..

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