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Landslide bulldozes riverbank

Update: September, 04/2014 - 09:32
Strong floods have washed out 400 sq.m. of land along the bank of the Tien River in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap's Long Thuan island commune's An Hoa Village.—VNA/VNS Photo Van Tri

DONG THAP — Strong floods have washed out 400 sq.m. of land along the bank of the Tien River in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap's Long Thuan island commune's An Hoa Village.

The landslide also damaged a local road and threatened 65 households living nearby. Families in this rural Mekong Delta area were instructed to evacuate, said Kha Van Lien, vice chairman of the communal People's Committee.

The committee finished a resettlement area for this purpose about two years ago, located about 500 metres from their houses. Each household received VND5 million (US$236) as financial support for the move.

However, many said that they had not yet evacuated because they had to continue fishing and trading.

Authorities of Hong Ngu District and Long Thuan island commune have mobilised forces to build another road 200 metres from the one damaged by the floods.

Lien said that the island commune had seen seven landslides this year, affecting about 5,000 sq. m. of land. The commune had requested long-term support from the provincial People's Committee to remedy the situation, but the high cost, estimated to be dozens of billions of dong, continued to be a deterrent. — VNS

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