Two female gold prospectors died and another was injured after a rock tumbled down a mountain in the northeastern province of Ha Giang on Sunday morning, the Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.
According to local police, a big rock fell from the top of Pa Thay Mountain in Lung Trang Village, Linh Ho Commune, killing Nong Thi Chien, 26, and Pham Thi Lap, 15, who were on their way to the mountaintop, looking for gold.
Nong Thi Hoi, a 41-year-old gold prospector, was injured.
According to the Vietnam News Agency, local residents in Linh Ho Commune have been rushing to the Pa Thay Mountain of late following rumors that there is gold mixed up in rocks.
Small groups of locals have been sneaking to the mountain top through steep roads, which are 4-5 kilometers long, from 6 p.m. to 6-7 a.m. every day.
At midnight, they break rocks on the top of the mountain and carry the rocks in papooses down to the village before grinding them to find gold.