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Update: March, 09/2012 - 10:04

 

Homes collapse in An Giang

AN GIANG — Six homes and three temporary workshops collapsed in a landslide earlier this week along Hau River in the city of Long Xuyen in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang.

Another landslide destroyed two houses and three construction material shops in the same location last Sunday. No deaths or injuries have been reported, but authorities have relocated 56 additional households in the area to safer ground.

Waterway traffic on Hau River was ordered to travel around Ong Ho Island to avoid hazards, said An Giang People's Committee vice chairman Vo Anh Kiet. — VNS

HCM CITY — HCM City has launched a plan to prevent landslides in the city, with fines for illegal sand exploitation – a major cause of landslides along Sai Gon and Dong Nai rivers – to be imposed by district-level People's Committees.

March to September, when tides were at their lowest, was the peak period for landslides in HCM City, said the deputy head of the city's Flood and Storm Prevention, Search and Rescue Committee, Le Thanh Liem.

There were 62 landslide hotspots, he said, with 29 of the worst in Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, No 2, No 8, Binh Chanh and Nha Be districts.

The committee has identified the primary causes of landslides to include the geology and hydrology of the region as well as changes in the East Sea tides. The building of houses, warehouses and wharves along waterways was also blamed for the high number of landslides.

Nine landslides affected an area of 4,500sq.m in the city and destroyed 10 houses last year.

The total damage was about VND12.6 billion (US$605,000). — VNS

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