A sudden mountain landslide buried at least 22 members of an army economic group in the central province of Quang Tri early Sunday.
The landslide hit an area of more than a hectare at around 1 a.m. Mountain rocks pummeled lodgings of the Army Economic Group 337 in Huong Phung Commune. The buildings accommodated many military officers and soldiers, said Ha Ngoc Duong, vice chairman of the commune.
“From 2 a.m. until now, there have been four to five landslides, exploding like bombs and it feels like the whole mountain is about to collapse,” Duong said.
Torrential downpours hampered rescue efforts in Huong Phung, and the mountain is likely to continue to slide, he added.
Five people have been rescued and at least 22 military personnel are suspected to be buried.
Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff, said that Army Economic Group 337 belonged to Military Region 4. “Due to bad weather, those who participated in the search had to find safer rescue measures.”
Military Region 4 has been holding a memorial service for 13 martyrs who perished at ranger station 67 in Thua Thien-Hue Province while looking for missing workers at the Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant in the province and dealing with the mountain landslide in Huong Phung Commune, Hung Hoa District, Quang Tri.
“Last night, I ordered all units in the area of Military Region 4, Military Region 5 to organize inspections to detect landslide risks, but the accident happened before we could finish,” Giang said.
Ha Sy Dong, Vice Chairman of the Quang Tri People’s Committee, said that the province has set up a command center in Huong Hoa District for rescue operations.
Currently, the Ho Chi Minh Highway’s western branch, which leads to Huong Phung Commune, has been seriously affected by the landslides.
Authorities sent excavators to the scene at 2 a.m. to clear the road.
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UK cops warn they may not be able to police coronavirus lockdown and say Army might need to enforce it #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #Police #Army #pandemic
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COPS have today warned they may not be able to police Boris Johnson’s coronavirus lockdown and have hinted the Army may need to enforce it.
The Prime Minister last night outlined his strict limits on when Brits are able to leave their homes and banned gatherings of more than two people.
He warned the nation they “must stay at home” as he ordered a mass lockdown by closing all non-essential shops and insisting families stay behind closed doors.
However, it didn’t stop Londoners from once again packing the Underground with alarming pictures showing commuters squeezing on to carriages this morning.
Last night, Brits were also ordered not to meet up with friends and to go out to buy food or to exercise just once a day.
As part of the Coronavirus Bill – which passed through the House of Commons on Monday – police were given new emergency powers to help them guarantee public safety and maintain law and order.
Anyone who flouts the new crackdown will face fines of up to £1,000 or even arrest when cops are given emergency powers.
But the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation has suggested officers will struggle to enforce the on-the-spot fines.
Ken Marsh said Mr Johnson’s plans would be “very difficult” to put into practice because he was seeing “large amounts of sickness” among officers across the capital.
He told the BBC: “It will be very, very challenging and very difficult for us with what’s put in front of us.
“But we don’t actually know what is being put in front of us yet other than we’re going to be asked to disperse crowds, it’s going to be a real, real challenge.
“We will be dealing with it, but I’m not sure we will have the resources to be able to see it through.”
Mr Marsh believes the Army could be brought in if police numbers fall due to coronavirus, as the death toll hit 335 with more than 6,000 cases in the UK.
He told Sky News: “The Army are already in place on the outskirts of London and across the country.
“And I don’t doubt again for one minute that they will be called if needed.
“Because if we start losing large numbers in policing terms, through isolation and actually having Covid-19, then they are going to step in and support us in some way.
“It could be tailored in quite quickly and I would save that everything is on the table.”
John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, added: “I would urge politicians to think before they make such bold statements.
“I just cannot rationally think how that would work.”
He also revealed some officers had been “spat at” and “coughed on” by vile Brits during the pandemic.
Mr Apter said: “Vile creatures were spitting and coughing in the direction of my colleagues and using the crisis of COVID-19 as a weapon against police officers.
“I contacted the Home Secretary and said something needs to be done.”
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As many as 150 troops are learning to drive oxygen tankers to supply hospitals treating coronavirus patients. They will form part of the new “Covid Support Force”
The Ministry of Defence has put 20,000 troops on standby to deal with the coronavirus crisis, it has been reported this evening.
As many as 150 troops are learning to drive oxygen tankers to supply hospitals, according to The Times.
The troops will form part of the new “Covid Support Force”.
Today the death toll in the UK reached 104 with that figure expected to rise in the coming days and weeks.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The men and women of our Armed Forces stand ready to protect Britain and her citizens from all threats, including Covid-19.
“The unique flexibility and dedication of the services means that we are able to provide assistance across the whole of society in this time of need.
“From me downwards the entirety of the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces are dedicated to getting the nation through this global pandemic.”
Major General Charlie Stickland Assistance Chief of the Defence Staff Operations and Commitments said: “Putting more personnel at a higher state of readiness and having our Reserves on standby gives us greater flexibility to support public services as and when they require our assistance.
“The COVID Support Force, potentially drawing upon our highly skilled scientists at Dstl or oxygen tanker drivers, will form part of a whole force effort to support the country during its time of need.
“Our servicemen and women are committed to maintain our operational output and delivering any support the Government requires.”
The news comes hours after it is said that government officials are braced for coronavirus “lockdown” measures to be ramped up in London within days.
Boris Johnson tonight did not rule out putting London on lockdown – and said “further and faster measures” may be needed.
Whitehall sources today told the Mirror lockdown-style measures in London – which Boris Johnson admitted is “a few weeks ahead” of the rest of the country – are “imminent”.
A senior Downing Street source vehemently denied anything had been decided.
Britain’s government set out emergency legislation on Tuesday to tackle the growing outbreak, with measures including giving powers to police andimmigration officers to detain people and put them in isolation to protect public health.
“The new measures we will be introducing in the Emergency Coronavirus Bill this week will only be used when it is absolutely necessary and must be timed to maximise their effectiveness,” health minister Matt Hancock said in a statement.
The legislation, which also includes measures to allow recently retired National Health Service staff and social workers to return to work, will be brought before parliament tomorrow.
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#Pentagon says more than a dozen #missiles ‘launched from #Iran’ against 2 #USA bases, vows ‘necessary’ counter-measures
The Pentagon said it would take “necessary measures” to defend US troops and regional allies following reports of Iranian missile strikes on US facilities in Iraq, confirming that over a dozen missiles were used in the attack.
“Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases,” the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that it was now working on “initial battle damage assessments.”
“As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend US personnel, partners and allies in the region.”
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