Rescue efforts continue after old house crashes down in Tran Hung Dao Street.
A number of people have been trapped in an old French house that collapsed today at 107 Tran Hung Dao Street in Hanoi. Witnesses said that water began to inundate the empty house, where people sell vegetables out front, this morning following heavy rain.
Ten fire engines and five ambulances are in attendance, with the army and police searching for victims.
Mr. Nguyen Quoc Hoa, Deputy Chairman of the Hoan Kiem People’s Committee, said that authorities are dealing with the accident and that parts of Yet Kieu, Le Duan, Phan Boi Chau and other streets nearby have been closed to traffic while rescue efforts continue.
Mr. Thieu Viet Manh, Head of the Firefighting, Rescue and Salvage Department, said that the rescuers have taken five injured people from the scene. The Department has also sent staff to coordinate with Hanoi’s rescue forces to locate victims still trapped inside.
One victim rescued from the wreckage said that before the sudden collapse the house was shaking before bricks and mortar came down on top of him. Ms. Lien, a local vendor, said there was a loud noise just before the accident.
Army and police rescuers form two rows to remove the debris and locate those still trapped. The operation is being conducted carefully so as not to disturb the rubble, which may cause further injuries.
Authorities allow people with relatives trapped inside to identify their location.