|Strong waves destroy the concrete dyke in Tân Lập Village, Tam Hải Commune. — VNA/VNS Photo Đỗ Trưởng.|
QUẢNG NAM — Landslides in coastal areas of Tam Hải Island Commune, Núi Thành District, in the central province of Quảng Nam have become increasingly serious recently, according to local authorities.
Earlier, Hamlet No. 3 in Bình Trung Village had been populated by 70 households, but now, most of them have moved to other safer places and left their old houses behind.
Võ Minh Công, 71, a local resident, said Hamlet No. 3 was close to the Trường Giang estuary, so landslides had become a common occurrence in recent years.
A similar situation is apparent in the Tân Lập and Thuận An villages as well.
Nguyễn Tấn Hùng, deputy chairman of the Tam Hải Commune People’s Committee, said that in 2012, the Chu Lai Economic Zone Management Board had helped the commune build a 1.8km dyke, with a total investment of VNĐ48 billion (US$2.1 million).
However, a 200m section at the end of the dyke, which is in Tân Lập Village, was destroyed by the sea pounding against it.
At present, Tam Hải Commune has 60 households in the areas most at risk for landslides, and they need to be moved urgently.
All of them are poor, so the commune’s allowance of VNĐ20 million ($890) per household is insufficient for them to build a new house in a new place, according to Hùng.
Tam Hải Commune hopes to receive help to build a sea dyke of about 4.5km in length. — VNS