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Minister orders enquiry into hydro-dam breach

Update: August, 07/2014 - 09:41
The dam broke for the second time last Friday, inundating 60ha of crops and damaging 30ha of rubber trees in Duc Co District.— Photo vov

HA NOI (VNS) — Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang has ordered authorised agencies to find the cause of the recent dam breakage at Ia Krel 2 Hydropower Plant in Central Highlands peovince of Gia Lai.

The dam broke for the second time last Friday, inundating 60ha of crops and damaging 30ha of rubber trees in Duc Co District.

Plant investor Bao Long Gia Lai Industries and Hydropower Joint Stock Company did not follow regulations on design and construction for the dam, vice chairman of the provincial People's Committee Pham The Dung said at a meeting with the minister on Tuesday.

The company was advised to build the dam during the dry months between April and June, but ignored this advice, according to Dung. After the dam broke for the first time in June 2013, the committee ordered the company to suspend operations, but it did not.

Minister Hoang required local authorised agencies to find out quickly who was responsible for the breakages, in addition to estimating damages so local residents could be compensated.

Hoang said the ministry would inspect hydropower plants nationwide to tackle the widespread problem of substandard construction.

The 5.5MW hydropower plant was built in Duc Co District in late 2009 and started to store water in early 2013. — VNS

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