House walls cracked, roofs collapsed by quarry blasting

Update: March, 15/2013 - 10:05

LAM DONG (VNS)— Inside Nguyen Thi Lan's three-storey house, scattered cracks cover the walls and floor.

"The cracks get wider every day," Lan said. "I want to sell the house, but no one dares to buy it."

Hundreds of other households near Tay Dai Lao Quarry, located in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong's Bao Loc City, are in a similar boat. After the quarry received a rock blasting licence in 2011, explosions have occurred twice a month – making local residents fear for their safety.

"After the explosions started, houses got a lot of cracks," said a girl in Village 3 in Dai Lao Commune. "My parents moved to Loc Chau to rent another house and tried to sell our house, but so far, no one wants to buy it."

Pressure from the repeated blasts has not only cracked the walls of dozens of homes, but also caused roofs to cave in and rocks to fall into houses and gardens.

According to the local authorities, the explosions have affected more than 50 households.

Lai Duy Thao, director of the Fico – Bao Loc branch of Tan Uyen, which owns the mine, said that after an explosion conducted late last year caused serious consequences, the company brought experts to the scene to explain what had happened to local authorities. However, they could not figure out what had gone wrong.

"I had to abandon my 7,000 sq.m tea and coffee garden and open an embroidery workshop, but it was still affected by the mine. Meanwhile, compensation from the mining company has not been satisfactory," said Duong Quoc Tung, another local resident.

Local authorities requested the quarry owner inspect the losses and asked the Department of Industry and Trade to examine the impact of the mining process on people's lives. — VNS