Search and rescue for workers trapped under rubble from a scaffold collapse in the central province of Ha Tinh is nearly concluded, according to local authorities.

The incident occurred at 8 pm on March 25 with around 100 workers working on the 30 metre construction site scaffold at the Taiwanese-invested Formosa steel complex project.

As of 5 pm on March 26, 13 had been declared dead and 28 were injured in the accident.

Eight ambulances and 300 police and soldiers were searching among the rubble.

The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) announced a grant worth 1 million VND (50 USD) on March 26 to each of the injured victims and 3 million VND (142 USD) to each bereaved family.

The same day, a delegation led by VRCS Deputy General Secretary Dang Minh Chau visited and presented gifts to the injured in Ha Tinh General Hospital.

The provincial VRCS delegation also visited 9 other victims in Ky Anh district general hospital.

Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung requested the establishment of an inter-sector team to investigate the cause of the collapse when visiting the collapse site on March 26.

He also asked the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and Ha Tinh authorities to inspect labour safety management across other works of the project invested by the Formosa Hung Nghiep company.-VNA