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Series of events to kick off road safety decade

Update: April, 30/2011 - 09:42

HA NOI – Viet Nam will hold a series of events on May 11 to mark the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2010-20.

The activities will include free distribution of helmets, traffic safety programmes, and singing and drawing contests on road safety for children.

Ten Vietnamese celebrities including models, actors and designers will take part in the campaign to raise road safety awareness and save lives. Traffic accidents have been a major problem for Viet Nam for decades, claiming on average 30-35 lives per day.

Police probe mass fish kill in Cam Ranh Bay

KHANH HOA – Farmed grouper fish in Cam Ranh Bay in central Khanh Hoa Province have been dying in huge numbers over the last eight days, causing losses of VND2.5 billion (US$120,000).

Huynh Thi Thuy, vice chairwoman of Cam Nghia Ward People's Committee in Cam Ranh City, said the case was under investigation. Earlier, the nearby Cam Ranh Sugar Refinery was found to be discharging foul-smelling sewage into the bay last Sunday.

About 10 litres of sewage has been sent for testing after the authorities failed to contact managers of the local company.

Two boys killed, one missing in landslide

LAO CAI – Two boys were killed and one is missing after a landslide in Cam Con Commune, northern Lao Cai Province, on Thursday afternoon.

The bodies of an eight-year-old and a 16-year-old were retrieved yesterday morning. The missing boy is aged 11.

The three local children were tending buffalo at a construction site near the Noi Bai - Lao Cai Expressway when the accident happened, Tran Van Cu, a local official, said. The landslide followed heavy rain. — VNS

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