One dead as landslide brings down five houses

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Rescuers have recovered the body of a man who was killed after landslide brought down five riverside resettlement houses in the outlying district of Nha Be in Ho Chi Minh City.

The man was identified as Vo Van Tai, a 55-year-old xe om driver and the father of four from Nhon Duc Commune.

Rescuers found the body in a concrete wreck at the bottom of the Ba Lao River after 12 hours of searching Monday.

At around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, four houses near the river suddenly collapsed while most of the residents were sleeping.

Tran Thi Mai, Tai's wife, said she heard water lapping against the walls before the house shook and totally collapsed.

"Our children and I rushed out of the house, while my husband tried to bring the wooden wardrobe out but it weighed down on him," she recalled.

Huynh Thi Hong Hue, a nearby resident, said the house collapse had cause electrical leakage, leaving residents in the neighborhood in panic.

A two-month-old baby in another house fell into the river but was luckily saved by her family.

Around 50 rescuers were sent to the scene to search for Tai. Around 40 people in the five houses were not injured.

Local residents said they resettled in the area after their houses were brought down for site clearance for a project in District 4 in 2007.

Commune authorities have not announced when they will build new homes for the five households.

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