Seven officers of Military Region 4, including its Deputy Commander Major General Nguyen Van Man, were among 13 people buried by another landslide at Ranger Station 67 while on their way to the hydropower plant to rescue the missing workers.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Source: VNA)
The bodies of all 13 members of the 21-strong rescue team had been found as of 7.30pm on October 15.
Visiting Military Region 4 in central Nghe An province on October 16, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he was touched by the responsibility and strong will of the officers and soldiers of the Defence Ministry and Military Region 4, and the sacrifice they made is a great loss for the ministry as well as Military Region 4.
He asked the ministry and Military Region 4 to organise a solemn funeral for them and extend his condolences to their families.
Military Region 4 was requested to ensure security and safety for local people and avoid unexpected incidents in the context of more storms being forecast to hit the central region.
The Government leader also announced assistance of 10 million VND (430 USD) to each family of the deceased.
The 21-strong rescue team was set up on October 12. They stopped at Ranger Station 67 to rest for the night. A rocky landslide suddenly hit the station at midnight, and only eight of the team successfully managed to escape.
Of the 17 workers reported buried by a landslide near the construction site of the Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant, two have been found dead. The other 15 are still listed as missing./.