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Company yet to pay for dam breach damages

Update: February, 09/2015 - 08:36
A total of 232 households suffered losses in the incident, and the total compensation is likely to be about VND5 billion ($238,000). — Photo vietq

GIA LAI (VNS) — Resident who suffered damage after the dam at the Ia Krel 2 Hydroelectric Plant in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai ruptured five months ago were still waiting for compensation, said Vo Thanh Hung, chairman of the district People's Committee.

Compensation was owed by Bao Long Gia Lai Company, the plant's investor, he said.

The breach damaged farmland and hundreds of households in the district.

Siu Chuyt from Ia Dom Commune said the resulting flood swept away two hectares of cassava and two pigs belonging to her family.

She has since been forced to take out a loan of VND10 million (US$470) to pay for her children's school fees and daily life.

Nguyen Huu Thien, chairman of the Ia Dom Commune People's Committee, told Nong thon ngay nay (Countryside Today) newspaper that Gia Lai Province People's Committee had assessed the losses caused by the dam, and set compensation at VND12 million ($570) for each hectare of damaged farmland.

Local residents agreed with the sum.

A total of 232 households suffered losses in the incident, and the total compensation is likely to be about VND5 billion ($238,000).

But Vo Thanh Hung, chairman of Duc Co District's People's Committee, said that Bao Long Gia Lai had only paid out VND1.2 billion ($57,100) so far.

The district has urged the company to pay up on a number of occasions, but it claims not to have enough money.

If the company was unable to pay all the compensation before Tet, the district would use the local budget to pre-pay the poorest households and help them enjoy the holiday, said Hung. — VNS

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