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Thousands of people evacuated from landslide areas

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Downpour-triggered landslide kills three people in Quang Ninh

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

At last three people were crushed to death under the wreckage as their homes were buffeted in a landslide after a heavy rain, lasting several hours, in the northern province of Quang Ninh August 17 night.

Pham Van Bay’s house is completely destroyed in a landslide caused by a torrential rain in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province on August 17 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

In Ha Long City, Pham Van Bay’s house was collapsed killing his wife and daughter while they were sleeping. Bay escaped the death as he was at the house’s another room at that time.

The same time, the torrential rain swept a section of a hill-located reservoir’s embankment to demolish another house in Cam Pha town, killing Luu Dinh Vy, 30, and seriously injured Hoang Nghia Hanh, 26, while they were in beds.

Both of them are from the central province of Nghe An and workers of Quang Hanh Coal Company.

Local authorities assisted each of mourning families VND5 million while those with injured people received VND3 million each.

Source: SGGP

Five dead in Lao Cai mountain landslide

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 11:19 am

At least five illicit gold miners have been found dead after being buried in a mountain landslide, prompted by heavy rains, in the northwestern province of Lao Cai August 5.

According to the Van Ban District People’s Committee, after a few days of torrential rains, thousands of tons of mountain soil and stone fell down on Sa Phin gold mine in Nam Xay Commune. About five to six miners were buried while they were taking shelter from the rain in a tent.

Five dead bodies of the men have been found, while local residents and authorities said that it was impossible to determine the number of people buried under the soil.

Earlier, on July 29 and August 3, two people were also reported to have been killed by flashfloods and landslides in the area.

Source: SGGP

Aquino set for landslide win in Philippines vote

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:47 am

MANILA (AFP) – Benigno Aquino was set to be confirmed as the next Philippine president on Tuesday after steamrolling his rivals in national elections with a promise to reduce massive poverty by fighting corruption.

Aquino, 50, electrified the country during a tumultuous election campaign with his mantra of clean government, following nearly a decade of rule under President Gloria Arroyo marred by allegations of enormous graft.

With more than half of all votes cast counted, the bachelor had already secured just over 40 percent of the ballot, the election commission announced on Tuesday morning, placing him on track for a landslide win.

Armed policemen secure a crime scene while investigators inspect a dead security officer of congressional candidate Del Abaya in Cavite province south of Manila. AFP photo

His nearest rival, former president Joseph Estrada, had just 25.4 percent, giving Aquino a near insurmountable lead.

Aquino is the son of the Southeast Asian nation’s most revered democracy heroes, and he deftly tapped into popular sentiment for his parents by pledging a new style of clean government.

His mother, Corazon Aquino, led the “People Power” revolution that overthrew dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 and then served as president.

His father, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, was shot dead in 1983 as he attempted to return from US exile to lead the democracy movement against Marcos.

The bespectacled Aquino was a latecomer to the presidential race, declaring his candidacy only after his mother’s death from cancer last August plunged the country into mourning and demonstrated the power of the family name.

About 75 percent of the 50 million eligible voters turned up at polling stations on Monday, reflecting Filipinos’ deep commitment to democracy and their desire to have a say in the country’s future.

But the violence that always plagues Philippine politics inevitably flared.

More than 17,000 positions were at stake — from president down to municipal council seats — and local politicians who are infamous for using their “private armies” to eliminate rivals or intimidate voters were out in force.

Ten people were killed on polling day, bringing the death toll from election-related violence over the past four months to at least 40, according to police statistics.

Two of the fatalities occurred as gunbattles raged in the flashpoint southern province of Maguindanao, where 57 people were killed in an election-linked massacre late last year.

Technological problems also emerged immediately after polls opened with some machines breaking down, and the election commission was forced to extend the voting period by one hour as long queues formed.

Nevertheless, the election commission and security chiefs insisted the country’s first effort at automated polling was a huge success.

“The… elections will go down in our nation’s history as probably the most peaceful and orderly political exercise ever held in our land,” national police director general Jesus Verzosa said.

Despite glitches, analysts said Tuesday that the automation could shake up the political system by delivering quick results for Filipinos, who often had to wait weeks for the winner to be known under the old manual counting system.

The computerisation reduces opportunities to manipulate the vote particularly in outlying provinces, where fake votes were stuffed into ballot boxes and tallies doctored in past elections.

“The amazing thing is that we voted yesterday and this morning, we have a new president,” Raul Pangalangan, a prominent commentator and legal expert from the University of the Philippines, said on local network ABS-CBN.

Source: SGGP

12 bodies found in Quang Nam landslide

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

Rescue workers have found the bodies of 12 of the 13 people killed in a landslide last week in the central province of Quang Nam.

A view of the landslide in Quang Nam Province on November 5 that killed 13 people (Photo: SGGP)

The body of Truong Van Dung of Phu Ninh District was found on November 8 near the Nuoc Vin River.
The landslide, which was triggered off in Bac Tra My District on November 5 by Typhoon Mirinae, also left one person badly injured.

Rescue workers had earlier discovered the bodies of three victims belonging to the province and eight others from Thanh Hoa Province, aged mostly between 15 and 29.

The body of Vo Minh Vuong, 15, of Phu Ninh has yet to be found.

Do Thanh Van, chairman of the Bac Tra My District People’s Committee, said the rescue teams have had to search for the victims with hoes, shovels, and crowbars because bulldozers are unable to reach the mountainous spot.

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Landslide blocks central region highway

In Vietnam Society on September 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

A landslide has blocked a stretch of the highway connecting the central province of Quang Nam with Da Nang City since September 3.

A landslide caused by heavy rains has blocked a road linking Quang Nam Province and Da Nang (Photo: SGGP)

A 700m stretch in Doc Kien in Da Nang is under hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of soil and stones that slid down the slopes in this mountainous region following heavy rains.

Vehicles now require to travel an extra 130 kilometers as a result though many ignore the serious danger involved and pass over one kilometer of blocked road.

Nguyen Van Sao from a Da Nang-based company that has been hired to clear the road said around 80,000 out of 100,000 cubic meters of soil on the road. But landslips are continuing to occur to block the road, he said.

Heavy rains in Da Nang and Quang Nam are not helping the clean-up either.

Elsewhere, rains in the past few days also caused landslides at many sections of the road from Ho Chi Minh Highway to the central highlands province of Kon Tum.

Source: SGGP

Four dead in Kuala Lumpur’s suburban landslide

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – A serious landslide happening on the dawn of December 6 in Antarabangsa, the suburban area of Kuala Lumpur killed four and left one buried underground and thousand injured, local media reported.

The landslide occurred after days of heavy rains in the area, which is prone to slippages. In 2006 four people were killed and 43 homes destroyed in a nearby suburb.

The tragedy comes 5 days short of anniversary of 1993 landslide which caused a 12-storey
condominium tower, the Highland Towers, to collapse, killing 48 people.

Earth and boulders covered 14 bungalows and blocked the only access road near the top of Bukit Antarabangsa, trapping at least 2,000 residents

Police ordered 3,000 to 5,000 residents living nearby to evacuate their homes. They will be allowed to return home after the Malaysian Institute of Public Works (Ikram) has confirmed that the area is safe.-

Landslide kills ten people in Indonesia

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Jakarta (VNA) – Ten people have been killed and seven others are still missing feared dead after a landslide triggered by heavy rain crushed parts of two villages in Indonesia on November 13, local media reported.

The landslide also destroyed 30 houses in the Cianjur district of West Java, local disaster response official Yadi Supriyadi was quoted by Indonesia’s Antara news agency as saying on November 14.

Some 200 residents and officials have been using hoes and crowbars to try to dig their neighbours and loved ones out of the rubble, the official said.

More sophisticated rescue equipment was on its way, Antara said. –