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Flash flood's last victim is still missing

Update: November, 25/2013 - 15:18
The fourth victim of a flash flood on Friday is still missing, despite the best efforts of local rescue teams in central coastal Phu Yen Province's Son Thanh Tay Commune.— Photo tienphong

PHU YEN (VNS) — The fourth victim of a flash flood on Friday is still missing, despite the best efforts of local rescue teams in central coastal Phu Yen Province's Son Thanh Tay Commune.

Vice chairman of the communal People's Committee Tran Duc Hoa said four men, aged 30-34, had set up camp at a shed near a local stream when they went into the forest to gather wild orchids last Friday night. The last victim was caught up by the floodwaters at midnight.

Some 90 local soldiers and rescuers discovered the bodies of three of the men about 300 metres from the shed on Saturday morning after a six-hour search.

Phan Cong Thang, chairman of the communal People's Council, believed this flash flood was the largest the commune had ever seen because it swept away many tall trees, with a height of 15 metres and trunks with a diameter of 1 metre, as well as rocks weighing tens of tonnes. – VNS

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