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No clean water in Huoi Luc area

Update: September, 07/2013 - 10:48
Around 100 households in the Huoi Luc Resettlement Area in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien have been living without clean water and a shortage of irrigation water for the past seven years.— Photo dienbientv

DIEN BIEN (VNS)— Around 100 households in the Huoi Luc Resettlement Area in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien have been living without clean water and a shortage of irrigation water for the past seven years.

The families had been living in Tua Thang Commune, but had to make way for the Son La Hydro-power Plant in 2006.

The project's management board spent VND14 billion (US$622,000) to build a reservoir to provide irrigation water for the resettlement area in 2006.

However, the reservoir is rarely full.

Giang A Tinh, a resident of the resettlement area said: "We only have water for irrigation in the rainy season [from late April to the end of October]."

The project's management board spent VND14 billion (US$622,000) to build a reservoir to provide irrigation water for the resettlement area in 2006.

There was no water for irrigation in the dry season, he added.

"My family has 2,000 square metres of crops, but we can only farm in the rainy reason," he said.

Tong Thi On, another resident of the resettlement area, said that before moving here, her field always had enough water for irrigation because her old commune was located near a river.

Her family's life had changed since she moved here, because they could only farm when it rained, she said.

Do Xuan Huan, head of Tua Chua District's Agriculture and Rural Development Office, said that the reservoir leaked because it had been built on permeable rock due to a design error.

This meant that there was not enough water for irrigation, he said.

Many households that lived near the resettlement area also used water from the reservoir for irrigation, which compounded the situation, he added.

According to a Vietnam News Agency correspondent, the water mains that were meant to provide clean water to the area had not worked for a long time. — VNS




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