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Lack of cash ends resettlement work

Update: September, 19/2015 - 09:24
Makeshift houses at Cai River mouth are in Khanh Hoa Province. Authorities in Khanh Hoa Prov-ince have started a massive plan to resettle more than 18,300 residents living in landslide-prone areas, but a lack of funds has stopped it from moving forward. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI  (VNS) — Authorities in Khanh Hoa Prov-ince have started a massive plan to resettle more than 18,300 residents living in landslide-prone areas, but a lack of funds has stopped it from moving forward.

The plan, announced by the local Rural Development Branch (RVB) of the Department of the Agriculture and Rural Development, aims to ensure safety for and stabilise 4,300 households across the province.

Affected residents living in the landslide zones along the Cai and Dinh rivers' banks, and in coastal and mountainous areas, needed to be resettled to other accommodations as soon as possible, an RVB representative said.

RVB Manager Truong Huu Lan said that a lack of funds and vacant land on which residents could settle were hindering the plan, especially as the population density continued to increase in landslide-prone areas.

"Only a fraction of the budget needed to resettle the residents has been met so far," Lan said.

"Resident relocation in many landslide-prone areas has yet to be carried out despite its urgency."

More than 1,200 houses located around the San and Chut mountains and the Nhat Tri hillock in Nha Trang will be subject to resettlement, according to the plan. Others living along the Cai River in Vinh Trung, Vinh Thanh and Vinh Ngoc communes and in coastal areas in the wards of Vinh Nguyen and Vinh Phuoc also need to move.

The remaining 3,100 households come from areas that neighbour Nha Trang, including those who are staying by the sea in Van Ninh District and by the riverbanks in Dien Khanh District and Ninh Hoa Commune.

River erosion, landslides and tidal erosion have grown intense due to the encroachment of protective forests and riparian foothill land. — VNS


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