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Fourteen dead and dozens injured after scaffolding collapses in Vietnam

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HANOI —

At least 14 people were killed and 28 others were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in central Vietnam.

The deputy police chief in Ha Tinh territory, Bui Dinh Quang, said Thursday that all the victims were Vietnamese subcontractors hired to work on a seaport breakwater project.

He said it was not known if any other workers were trapped in the rubble. Police and salvage workers are as still searching at the scene of the Wednesday night accident.

Dinh Ninh Dan, 27, one of the survivors, said the workers were cleaning a frame for a giant concrete block for the breakwater when the scaffolding collapsed. There were more than 40 workers on the scaffolding at the time of the accident.

He said almost an hour after they began work the scaffolding shook twice and many workers panicked and started racing to a lift before somebody said there was no problem.

“After 10 more minutes, the scaffolding which was around 20 meters (65 feet) high, all of a sudden broken down. I immediately snatched an iron bar however fell free,” Dan told The Associated Press by phone from Ky Anh General Hospital in Ha Tinh territory where he was being dealt with for hip torment alongside eight other people who endured lesser wounds.

“Individuals were shouting, calling for assistance from the rubble,” said Dan. “I was extremely fortunate to survive.”

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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