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Work stops at hydro-plant after massive dam breach

Update: June, 25/2013 - 10:23
When the Ia Krel 2 dam broke two weeks ago, 10 residents were swept away by the torrent, but escaped unharmed.—File Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— The State Department for Construction Quality Assessment under the Ministry of Construction has asked Gia Lai Province's People's Committee to re-assess the design of the Ia Krel 2 dam after a 40-metre breach appeared two weeks ago.

The Central Highlands province will take responsibility for checking the quality of the five-megawatt project.

If necessary, the left part of the dam will be removed to prevent negative impacts.

Construction would only recommence when the dam was re-checked and verified by relevant authorities and consultants, according to the department.

The ministries of Construction and Natural Resources and Environment have been investigating the cause of the breach.

According to the province, it was focusing on totalling up the losses of residents in Duc Co District which were initially reported at more than VND3 billion (US$142,800).

The project's investor, the Bao Long-Gia Lai Hydroelectricity Industry Company, has agreed to rebuild the houses that were damaged following the breach.

When the dam broke two weeks ago, 10 residents were swept away by the torrent, but escaped unharmed.

The Ia Krel 2 project started in 2009 and was expected to go into operation in the third quarter of this year.

A report from the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed that Central Highlands provinces had recently inspected hydro-electricity projects and shut down 33 of them. — VNS

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