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Landslides threaten lives in southern province

Update: October, 25/2017 - 14:51
The foundation of a house in Hồ Nai 3 Commune of the southern Đồng Nai Province is damaged by rainwater. Several houses in the commune are at risk of collapsing. — VNA/VNS Photo Công Phong
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ĐỒNG NAI — Houses in the Trảng Bom District of the southern Đồng Nai Province are at risk of collapsing after continuous heavy rainfall has destroyed their foundations.

For a month now, heavy rain has affected the sewerage systems of many houses in the Hố Nai 3 Commune and caused landslides that have weakened their foundations. Two houses have collapsed.

The house of Nguyễn Thị Nga is one of those at risk of collapsing at any time. The back of the house has been severely damaged, with big holes and cracks on the walls.

Fear of living in such a fragile house, Nga sent her two children to live with their grandparents. She and her husband can’t sleep during rainy nights for fear that the house could collapse.

“Even though our family business has been doing so well since we started living on the side of National Route 1A, we’re considering moving soon,” Nga said.

Another resident, Bùi Văn Phú, is also worried about the situation. “We’ve done everything we can to prevent landslides each time it rains, but to no avail,” he said. “The authorities have inspected the area but haven’t come up with any particular solution.”

An official from the People’s Committee of the Trảng Bom District said that the committee has investigated the situation, but since the landslide area is part of National Route 1A, it is the responsibility of the Road Management Branch 4.2 to take care of the issue.

The committee has requested the branch to fix a ditch system in Hố Nai 3 Commune so that rainwater can flow out and avoid land erosion, he added. But the implementation of such a task needs to be approved by the Road Management Department 4, he said. — VNS

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