75 erosion sites found in Quang Nam Province

Update: October, 22/2015 - 17:46
Agricultural land eroded in Dai Loc District's Dai An Commune in central Quang Nam Province. Dai Loc District is one of the most severe landslides in the province. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Huu Trung

QUANG NAM (VNS) — Quang Nam Province has found 75 riverside erosion sites, threatening thousands of households living alongside the rivers, the provincial Department of Irrigation Work said.

About 82 kilometres total have eroded. Duy Xuyen, Nong Son and Dai Loc districts, and Hoi An have seen the most severe landslides. Houses and cultivated land were at risk of being washed away, the department said.

Nguyen Chin, a resident in Duy Xuyen District's Duy Thanh Commune, said he and his family were filled with fear whenever it rained.

His two-storey house used to sit 30m from the Ly Ly River's banks, but now it's 10m away.

Chin said he built a concrete embankment along the eroded edge near his house to prevent more landslides. But this was only a temporary measure.

Along the two edges of the river, many houses were abandoned when their owners were forced to evacuate due to safety concerns.

Nearly two kilometres of the Ly Ly River have eroded, threatening many construction works such as a hydropower plant and a power supply station.

Le Trung Xuan, chairman of the communal People's Committee, said 250 households were living in erosion-prone areas.

The committee mobilised local people to set bamboo stakes along the edges of the river to prevent landslides, but the situation hasn't improved much.

Xuan said the cost of building an embankment was several billions of dong, which surpassed the committee's financial capacity.

Truong Xuan Ty, head of the provincial Department of Irrigation Work, said that the province has given warnings on erosion-prone areas and evacuated residents to safe places.

The committee would ask the State to fund more embankments for spots that urgently needed them, he said. — VNS