|The stone pillars of houses are gradually falling into the river due to landslides. — Photo motthegioi.vn
AN GIANG (VNS) — Dangerous landslides are threatening the lives of people of 17 households in An Thanh Hamlet in the southern An Giang Province's An Phu Town.
Duong Thanh Phong, vice-president of An Phu People's Committee, said landslides were affecting an area along the Da Phuoc River that was nearly 1km long and 5m wide.
An official of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the river section where the landside was occurring was 3m to 7m deep.
More landslides are expected to occur in the next few days.
The local people live just 2m away from the riverbank.
Pham Van Coi, 67, who has lived in the area since the country's reunification in 1975, said this was the first time dangerous landslides have occurred, causing his house's stone pillars to gradually fall into the river.
The family is using bamboo poles to reinforce the house and to prevent it from falling.
Local people said small cracks had appeared in the hamlet a year ago, but now the landslides were occurring for real.
"Most of the households in the area are poor and do not have other places to go to. The town has also run out of land, and so cannot help the affected people. We are not able to deal with the problem," Phong said.
"We are all poor labourers and cannot afford to buy land. We have to live here, despite the risk," Diep Thanh Tung, a 61-year-old resident, said.
Although the Lunar New Year is just a month away, no one here has a safe place to live.
"We have to welcome the New Year in wobbly houses that are ‘hanging' in the water god's mouth," Tung said. — VNS