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Roofs erected to provide shelter for Dien Bien Phu historical relic

Update: March, 11/2013 - 07:44

DIEN BIEN (VNS)— An initiative to build protective roofs for the Dien Bien Phu historical relic in Dien Bien Province was kicked off on Wednesday.

The project, which marks the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7, 1954, was sponsored and implemented by the Ha Noi Housing Development and Investment Corporation (HANDICO).

To protect the objects from the extensive damage caused by weather, the roofs will be set up at 12 spots within the relic complex. Roofs will shelter the De Castries bunker and a 155mm cannon that once belonged to the French expeditionary forces, among other objects.

Each tempered-glass roof will be supported by a 3.2m-high steel frame and a concrete foundation.

The HANDICO has invested VND8 billion (US$380,000) in the project.

In May 1954, the Viet Minh force led by President Ho Chi Minh defeated the French at Dien Bien Phu, a stronghold besieged by the Vietnamese for 57 days. The Dien Bien Phu victory put an end to French colonialism in Indochina. — VNS

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