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Gold rush hits Da Nang

Update: August, 30/2014 - 12:00

Stories about gold in the hills have caused many people to head for an old gold mine near Da Nang.

They hoped to find some and get rich very quickly.

However, they were not allowed to mine there.

When people rush to a place in search of gold, what happens is called a gold rush.

Throughout history there have been many gold rushes.

Illegal miners swamped the area, creating widespread destruction of roads and forests and have left the area heavily polluted.
Illegal miners swamped the area, creating widespread destruction of roads and forests and have left the area heavily polluted. -Photo giaoduc.net.vn

DA NANG  (VNS) — Rumours that a 16 kilogramme nugget of gold had been found at a disused mine sparked a gold rush in Hoa Vang district in the central city.

Illegal miners swamped the area, creating widespread destruction of roads and forests and have left the area heavily polluted.

The danger of tunnels collapsing when it rains has added to the havoc.

The illegal mining has polluted water resources in the area and destroyed forest and the environment.

Da Nang city authorities have now ordered the city's military command and relevant agencies to set up control in the area from this week.

Despite efforts by police, local people joined illegal miners stealthily digging into the earth at Khe Duong mine in the mountainous district, 50km south of the city.

The miners carted in a huge number of generators, grinding machines and other equipment to search for the precious metal.

Chairman of Hoa Bac commune, Ho Tang Phuc, said that in a 10 day operation last month, police, rangers and militia forces destroyed six tents, four tunnels, four grinding and air compressors and 300m of water pipe.

"The rumour about the 16kg gold nugget sent an estimated 300 people scurrying to the area," Phuc said.

"We deployed forces to create order, but people from 50 local communes in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An still managed to sneak in.

"We positioned forces along paths into the forest to stop local people approaching the area, but we did not have enough men to completely close off the area.

"They (illegal miners) approached the mines at night and we were unable to pursue them."

Head of Hoa Vang district police office, Colonel Nguyen Van Bon, said illegal miners were persuaded to take their equipment and leave the area, but they returned a few days later.

The gold mine was developed by Ha Noi-based Truong Son limited company in 2007 and its licence expired in January following a decision by the central city's people's committee.

The decision also required the company to refill and replant 22ha of forest in the area, but the company left without apparently doing any work.

In June, the city assigned the Bong Sen Vang (Golden Lotus) company to manage the mine and plant trees in the area.

According to a staff member of the company, the transfer of management was delayed as it had to wait for approval from the Ministry of Resources and Environment.

This opened a window of opportunity for local people to try and get rich quick. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Rumours that a 16 kilogramme nugget of gold had been found at a disused mine sparked a gold rush in Hoa Vang district in the central city.

Rumours are wild stories that go around, which are not necessarily true.

A nugget is a small lump of gold, or other precious substance.

A disused mine is one that is no longer being mined for minerals.

Illegal miners swamped the area, creating widespread destruction of roads and forests and have left the area heavily polluted.

Illegal miners are people who dig into the ground for minerals but are actually not allowed to do so.

The danger of tunnels collapsing when it rains has added to the havoc.

Havoc means destruction over a wide area.

Despite efforts by police, local people joined illegal miners stealthily digging into the earth at Khe Duong mine in the mountainous district, 50km south of the city.

Stealthily means secretly and quietly.

The miners carted in a huge number of generators, grinding machines and other equipment to search for the precious metal.

Generators are engines that make electricity.

Chairman of Hoa Bac commune, Ho Tang Phuc, said that in a 10 day operation last month, police, rangers and militia forces destroyed six tents, four tunnels, four grinding and air compressors and 300m of water pipe.

Air compressors are engines that capture air and put it under great pressure so that when it pours out of a nozzle it makes a fierce wind.

"The rumour about the 16kg gold nugget sent an estimated 300 people scurrying to the area," Phuc said.

Scurrying means to move quickly, using short steps.

"They (illegal miners) approached the mines at night and we were unable to pursue them."

To pursue people means to chase and catch them.

The gold mine was developed by Ha Noi-based Truong Son limited company in 2007 and its licence expired in January following a decision by the central city's people's committee.

When a licence expires it no longer gives the person who holds it permission to do whatever it was that it gave them permission to do.

This opened a window of opportunity for local people to try and get rich quick.

A window of opportunity is an opportunity that exists for a little while but does not last.

WORKSHEET

See if you can find words that mean the following in the Word Search:

1.      A lump of gold.

2.      Nguyen Van Bon's rank.

3.      A machine that makes electricity.

4.      The time when illegal miners approached the disused mine.

5.      The countryside south of Da Nang.

 

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 1. Nugget; 2. Colonel; 3. Generator; 4. Night; 5.Mountainous.

 

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