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Sand exploitation threatens homes

Update: August, 07/2014 - 09:36
Rampant mining for 20 years has made the river much deeper, creating higher waves to hit the banks, especially during flood season. — Photo dantri.com.vn

HAI DUONG (VNS)— Hundreds of houses located along the banks of the Luoc River in the northern province of Hai Duong's Tien Phong commune are being undermined by erosion.

"In the beginning, there was a small crack in the wall of our house, but now it has become finger-wide," Tien Dong villager Phung Thi Nhat said to Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today) newspaper.

"We know that we are going to lose the house, but what can we do to save it?"

Nhat added that illegal sand mining was the main cause of the cracks.

Rampant mining for 20 years has made the river much deeper, creating higher waves to hit the banks, especially during flood season.

Most houses in the village have a web of cracks on their walls, including the house of Nhat's neighbor, Nguyen Van Thuan.

"Residents in the village have reported the erosion to the municipal People's Committee and have asked them for years to build embankments , but they have done nothing," said Thuan.

Three out of five villages in Tien Phong commune are outside the dyke and are threatened by erosion. They include My Dong 1, My Dong 2 and Tien Dong villages, said municipal People's Committee president Nguyen Gia Long.

He added that authorities had built embankments in My Dong 1 and My Dong 2 to protect the residents, but Tien Dong village with more than 300 households was still without protection.

"We are awaiting for funds from the Government to build it," he said.

Long said the People's Committee had plans to move Tien Dong villagers into areas within the Luoc River dyke.

A total of 16 households have already been resettled in safer zones and another 29 are waiting to move. — VNS

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