Two people died and five others were injured when part of a market collapsed in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho Monday.
Witnesses said the accident at Long Hoa Market, which is located at the intersection of the Binh Thuy River and the Cam Canal, happened when sellers were preparing to open their shops at around 5 a.m.
A piece of land, around 40 meters long, collapsed suddenly, throwing many people and a row of 12 kiosks into the river.
While some managed to swim to the middle of the river and were rescued by others, several others were buried under the kiosks, witnesses said.
Vo Thi Tuyet, 80, and Duong Thi Hoang Loan, 30, both market vendors, went missing, while five others were injured. The bodies of Tuyet and Loan were recovered later the same day.
Tran Thanh Man, secretary of Can Tho City's Party unit, has ordered local authorities to move the market to another location and make a listing of areas with high risks of landslides across the city.
Many locals told Thanh Nien that they were worried that similar accidents would happen again.