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Landslides threaten riverside houses in Quang Ngai

Update: February, 03/2016 - 14:47
Landslide recently occured at Binh Son District District of Quang Ngai province threatening lives of thousands of local households. — Photo

QUANG NGAI (VNS) — Dozens of households located along Tra Bong River in the central Quang Ngai Province are facing the risk of sudden landslides.

For the last ten days, dangerous landslides have been occurring south of the river in Binh Thoi Commune in Binh Son District, threatening the lives of the people living in 13 households. They do not know when their houses will be swept away.

According to the local authority, the area being affected by landslides is about 20km long, where a new road now has a 5m-diameter hole.

Duong Thi Loi, a resident of the commune, said while it has not rained heavily in the area in the last few days, riverside landslides had, strangely, still occurred.

Loi said her house was located 4m away from the river bank.

The local residents have been asked to prepare for evacuation, while vehicles have been banned from travelling through the area.

The local authority has examined and reinforced embankments along the rivers to reduce the risk of landslides.

Thousands of households located in mountainous or riverside areas of Quang Ngai Province are located in the path of potential landslides, the risk of which rises during the flood season.

Late last year, the province identified about 130 landslide-prone areas along 160km of local rivers in the districts of Tra Bong, Tra Khuc, Song Ve and Tra Cau.

The province has been planning for years to build resettlement areas for residents living in landslide-prone areas.

However, many residents have refused to move and build new houses because of moderate support from the state. — VNS

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