|Local authorities fish out a great number of wood from the riverbed of the Sê San 3A reservoir. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoài Nam|Viet Nam News
GIA LAI — Ia Grai District authorities in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on Wednesday discovered a large amount of wood which was illegally gathered on the riverbed of the Sê San 3A reservoir in Nú Village, Ia Khai Commune.
The river level of the reservoir is quite deep, so local authorities faced difficulties in fishing out the wood, said Phan Trung Tường, vice chairman of the Ia Grai District People’s Committee.
So far, the authorities fished out 2.7cu.m of wood of different kinds. The wood, with a diameter of some 30cm to nearly 1m, was taken to the local inspection station for maintenance.
It was observed that a large amount of wood was still on the riverbed, Tường said.
The district leaders assigned the police, forest rangers, militiamen and the commune People’s Committee to conduct an investigation into its origin, following legal regulations.
Puih Dinh, chairman of the Ia Khai Commune People’s Committee, said that the commune was witness to the continuous transportation of illegal wood.
In 2016-17, local authorities discovered 17 cases and seized more than 51cu.m of wood of different kinds. Most of the cases were reported at the Sê San 3A and Sê San 4 reservoirs. — VNS