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Landslides hit southern district

Update: November, 14/2014 - 08:48
The provincial People's Committee ordered the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to immediately evacuate the danger zone, set up warning signs and limit traffic along the river banks. — Photo tinmoitruong

DONG THAP (VNS) — A state of emergency was declared in the Hong Ngu District in the southern Dong Thap Province on Wednesday due to extensive landslides caused by rising waters in the Cai Vung River.

The provincial People's Committee ordered the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to immediately evacuate the danger zone, set up warning signs and limit traffic along the river banks.

The department will also conduct an investigation to evaluate the scope of the damage, set up a perimeter and find a solution to minimise more landslides along a 200 metre stretch of river bank.

The local People's Committees has been ordered to help relocate local citizens and provide financial and medical support for those in need.

"There have been 27 landslides reported since the beginning of the year along a 1,124 metre long stretch," said Nguyen Trang Su, chairman of the local People's Committee.

"Hong Ngu District has the most landslides in the province."

Although no fatalities have been reported so far, landslides have destroyed two houses, forced 23 households to relocate and caused more than US$70,000 worth of damage.

"It is getting worse by the day and we cannot dismantle our houses and move them out of the danger zone because they are permanent structures," said Su.

Local authorities have ordered the river banks to be reinforced but said more landslides were unlikely and more areas would be affected before the end of the flood season. — VNS

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