|Open-air untreated garbage in Phu Hung dump in the
southern Ben Tre Province is causing serious environment pollution to locals living nearby. — Photo laodong.com.vn
BEN TRE (VNS) — Piles of untreated garbage in Phu Hung dump in the southern Ben Tre Province are causing serious environment pollution to locals living nearby.
The open-air garbage dump covering an area of 52,000 sq. m in the Phu Hung Commune has been receiving a large amount of garbage from Ben Tre city for more than 20 years with no provision to keep it separated from the inhabited area around it.
Local residents complained that this has led to extremely miserable conditions in which they are forced to live.
In the rainy season, water from the dump floods the road and flows down to the nearby Thuong Phe Binh channel, polluting the water source. During the sunny season, the stench affects the lives of hundreds of households in nearby Huu Dinh and Phuoc Thanh communes, they said.
Since it has been receiving trash and waste from Ben Tre city, some boder districts and two industrial zones, namely Hiep An and Giao Long, the garbage dump became overloaded long ago.
Doan Thanh Phong, chairman of Huu Dinh Commune's People's Committee spoke on Lao Dong (Labour) Newspaper that the local residents had repeatedly recommended measures should be implemented to protect the environment, but the garbage dump was too large and so the pollution continued unabated. — VNS