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Vietnam Scaffolding Collapse Kills at Least 14, Injures 30

Rescuers were working urgently to help the victims of the accident in central Vietnam.
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HANOI — Vietnamese soldiers and police joined a rescue mission on Thursday searching for survivors of a scaffolding collapse which killed 14 workers and injured 30 in central Vietnam, the government and state television said.

All the victims are Vietnamese, state-run Vietnam Television (VTV) said. Rescuers were working urgently to help the victims, Deputy Chairman Dang Quoc Khanh of the provincial People's Committee said in the broadcast.

Many of the injured were in hospital in critical condition, VTV said. It showed pictures of rescue workers digging through the rubble of the collapsed steel structure.

The accident happened at a seaport project that is part of a complex owned by Taiwan's Formosa group. The workers are from a Vietnamese sub-contractor hired by Samsung C&T Corp, a unit of South Korea's Samsung Group, the state-run Thanh Nien newspaper said.

"At the construction site, there were thousands of workers, so the number of workers in distress is not yet accurately calculated," Pham Tran De, deputy head of the zone’s management board told the online VnExpress newspaper.

— Reuters