Foreign experts join search for Vietnam landslide victims

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Authorities in northern Vietnam's Thai Nguyen Province have sought the assistance of four experts from Australia and Canada to search for five people who were buried when soil and rocks piled up high at a mining site collapsed April 15.

Authorities in northern Vietnam's Thai Nguyen Province have sought the assistance of four experts from Australia and Canada to search for five people who were buried when soil and rocks piled up high at a mining site collapsed April 15.

The four, who are working at a nearby mining project, will use mining and geological techniques in their search.

Rescue efforts are going on with instruments to measure the electrical field, trained dogs, psychics, besides excavators and a bulldozer.

The landslide killed a woman and injured her 90-year-old husband and buried 14 houses.

It occurred at around 4 a.m. though there was no rain, with the earth piled up to a height of around 100 meters at the state-owned Thai Nguyen Iron and Steel Company collapsing.

The company has been mining coal in the area since 1908.

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Among the missing are four from a single family -- 50-year-old Nguyen Thi Hoan, her brother, and two sons aged 21 and 17. The fifth is a 53-year-old woman, Tran Thi Thien.

Dang Viet Thuan, deputy chairman of the province People’s Committee, said the 400 strong rescue force has found a bicycle, a gas cylinder, clothes, some portions of the victims’ houses, and Thien's dead dog.

People living near the site have been evacuated.

Local residents complain that their many pleas to the company to clear the dump have been ignored. It has paid a compensation of VND40 million (US$2,000) to each affected family.

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