Bridge needed in Dak Lak

Update: August, 06/2014 - 09:41
To cross the Krong Ana River, more than 100 households in Hoa Le Commune must use a cable and a pulley.— Photo anninhthudo

DAK LAK (VNS) — To cross the Krong Ana River, more than 100 households in Hoa Le Commune must use a cable and a pulley, as the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak cannot afford to build a bridge.

Commune resident Truong Cong Ly said that while his house was on one side of the river, his 2.7-hectare field was on the other side, so he had no choice.

"I've used this cable system to carry pesticides, fertiliser and my harvest across the river for a dozen years," Ly said.

He said the cable cost several million dong to install, work that several households in the commune had done together. When they wanted to cross the river, local residents carried their own pulley.

Vo Thi Hoa, another commune resident, also has three hectares of coffee, maize and rice fields on the other side of the river. Each day, she and her husband cross the river using the cables at least four times.

"I know this is a risky action," Hoa said. "I fell into the river one time when the pulley suddenly broke. I was lucky, as the water was quite gentle and not very deep at that time. Now it's the rainy season, and the flow of the river has become so fierce. But we have to do it to earn a living."

Figures from the communal authority showed that there were about 300 hectares of cultivated land on the other side of the river.

Previously, local residents used boats or rope bridges to cross the river. However, all of these were swept away in flash floods, while boats were not safe during flooding seasons.

Vo Chau Thang, representative of the communal Traffic and Irrigation Office, said that there were nearly 20 cables along the 10km riverbank.

Some residents built an iron bridge with a plank, but Thang said this was just a temporary measure as it could be submerged or swept away when flooding occurred.

Nguyen Minh Son, vice chairman of the communal People's Committee, said that frequency of use had led to many cables snapping. People often fell into the river, although they had all been rescued, he added. — VNS