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Binh Dinh refutes story on damage from water release

Update: September, 25/2013 - 08:42
An Khe – Ka Nak Hydro-power Plant.— Photo baogialai

BINH DINH (VNS)— Local authorities in the central province of Binh Dinh's Tay Son District yesterday rebutted a report released by the media claiming that the An Khe – Ka Nak Hydro-power Plant released a large volume of water into Cat Stream which damaged up to 2.5-3 hectares of agricultural land during the eighth tropical storm of the season.

Speaking to a Vietnam News Agency reporter, deputy chairman of the district People's Committee Do Van Si said that the plant had released water according to plan.

After the hydro-power plant released water at full capacity of 50 cubic metres per second into the stream in 2011, reportedly damaging about 2.5ha of State-owned and agricultural land, the management board were forced to sign an agreement with the district People's Committee.

Under the agreement, it committed to not release water at the speed of 50 cubic metres per second during the rainy season.

It also remedied the consequences caused by releasing water, including compensating local farmers and building a bridge over Cat Stream for local people.

Nguyen Van Cuong, head of the plant's Administrative Office, said that they only released water at 25 cubic metres per second during the rainy season so it could not affect the upper reaches of the stream and agricultural land.

Last body's name identified in Dak Lak

Local police yesterday identified Vu Trong Bach, 32, as the last of seven victims who were swept away by a flash flood triggered by the eighth storm in the Central Highland province of Dak Lak.

His body was discovered on Monday afternoon near the Ea Sup Thuong Reservoir.

He was swept away while swimming across a local stream near the reservoir to get home after harvesting maize last Saturday.

Local authorities have provided nearly VND10 million (US$473) in support to each family of the victims.

In another development, the last body from a car, which was tragically swept away by floodwater in the central province of Nghe An last week, was discovered on Monday afternoon after a five-day search.

The body of 9-year-old Vo Ba Hai, the last of the five victims, was found floating in the Lam River, 100 metres away from the Khe Ang Dam, by local residents from the province's Anh Son District.

The driver of the car allegedly ignored flood warnings, resulting in the tragedy, according to initial findings.

The investigation of the case continues. — VNS

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