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Land erosion hits Ha Noi farmers

Update: December, 01/2014 - 09:47
Rising tides in the Bui River have damaged the homes of hundreds of residents and inundated their land in Quang Bi Commune in Ha Noi's Chuong My District. — Photo hanoimoi

HA NOI (VNS) — Rising tides in the Bui River have damaged the homes of hundreds of residents and inundated their land in Quang Bi Commune in Ha Noi's Chuong My District.

In recent years, more has been reported to be flowing through the small river, eroding 4km of banks in the commune.

Bui Tuan Cu, chairman of the Quang Bi Commune People's Committee, said unusual weather has caused the erosion. Commune authorities have told residents to drive bamboo stakes into the ground to keep the land stable.

Do Viet Thang, head of Village 5 in the commune, said 300 of the village's 700 households had been damaged by rising water.

Dao Duc Khang, a resident in the village, said his family once had more than 360 square metres of land, but this had been reduced by a third.

When it rains heavily, the 200 families facing the brunt of the flooding temporarily move to a neighbouring commune, Tran Phu.

Many residents have provided their land to build a dyke to protect them from the river, said Do Viet Huu, another resident.

In May, they surveyed the possible route of the embankment. However, they have not started working on it yet, despite hoping to finish it by October.

City authorities stepped in and built a 700m-dyke along the river, but more than 3km has been left unprotected due to a lack of funds. — VNS

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