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Houses affected by mining in Thái Nguyên receive compensation

Update: October, 07/2016 - 11:16
People who have been affected by the mineral exploitation activities of the Trại Câu iron mine have received assistance. — Photo dantocmiennui.vn

THÁI NGUYÊN – People who have been affected by the mineral exploitation activities of the Trại Câu iron mine have received assistance, according to the northern Thái Nguyên Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Thái Nguyên Iron and Steel Joint Stock Corporation (TISCO) has advanced VNĐ4 billion (US$180,000) to compensate and support the relocation of 11 affected households who live in Trại Cau Town.

The same amount of money has been allocated by the Đồng Hỷ District People’s Committee to support those who had to relocate to stabilise their lives.

Nguyễn Bá Chinh, deputy director of the department, said the department has invited experts from the Việt Nam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources to identify the reason for house subsidence and the clean water shortages of households at Trai Cau Town and Cây Thi Commune.

Thái Nguyên Province’s authorities would clarify the compensation responsibilities of relevant agencies for those affected after they received the results of the investigation.

Many households living near the Trại Cau iron mine belonging to TISCO have complained to local authorities about their houses subsiding and the deficiency of clean water since the beginning of this year.

Five years ago, mining exploitation at the Trại Cau iron mine was blamed for causing house subsidence and water shortages for local households and the corporation had to pay dozens of billions of đồng in compensation to affected households. — VNS

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