Viet Nam News
BẮC NINH — Residents of Phù Lãng Commune in the northern province of Bắc Ninh’s Quế Võ District claimed that the heavy pollution from the Đồng Sài garbage dump has badly affected their life.
Trọng Ngọc, a local resident, said they have to suffer the stink emanating from the dump all year round.
“Since the dump spread over 39ha was became operational in 2014, residents have to wear masks even inside their homes and need to keep their windows shut to avoid the polluted air,” he told the Lao động (Labour) newspaper.
Runoff from the dump also polluted canals around the commune.
To make matters worse, the dump has caught fire many times, releasing toxic gases with the smell lasting several days, he said.
The three communes near the dump, Phù Lương, Ngọc Xá of Quế Võ District and Thắng Cương of Bắc Giang Province’s Yên Dũng District, also suffer from the severe air pollution.
Nguyễn Thị Tâm, who lives in the Thắng Cương Commune, said their lives have been turned topsy turvy after the garbage dump came up.
“We have not been able to sleep well or have a good meal as we are forever hounded by millions of annoying flies and the stink from the site,” she told the Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.
Data compiled by the commune’s healthcare office showed respiratory diseases have been on the increase in the past two years.
A number of families have moved away to avoid the pollution.
According to Nguyễn Ngọc Lân, the chairman of the Thắng Cương Commune’s People’s Committee, residents and local authorities have complained about the pollution caused by the dump many times but nothing has been done to improve the situation. — VNS