YEN BAI (VNS)— More than 800 households living in and around vulnerable areas in the northern province of Yen Bai will be relocated before the flood season, local authorities say.
The season typically occurs from May to December.
Nearly 1,400 local households had been moved to new resettlement areas from 2006 to late last year, Deputy Director Mai Mong Tuan of the provincial Agricultural and Rural Development Department told Viet Nam News.
"Residents have better lives in the new resettlement areas, including those in Luc Yen District's Muong Lai Commune and Van Chan District's Suoi Bu Commune.
"The new zones meet most of the specified criteria on building new rural areas, such as having standard water supply and sewer systems," Tuan said.
The government has supported relocating households with VND10 million (US$476) in cash and 220-350 sq m of land to build homes in the new resettlement areas.
However, local authorities faced many difficulties in mobilising local households to move, Tuan admitted.
"Several households have refused to relocate as the new resettlement areas are far away from their fields and not convenient for cultivation. Moreover, the area of 220-350 square metres is not big enough for them to breed livestock," he said.
Local authorities also lacked money to extend land area in the resettlement areas and to invest in helping residents change their professions, he noted.
Tuan said they would continue to inform and persuade local residents of landslide-threatened areas to move. If necessary, they would be forced to do so to ensure the safety of lives and property, he added. — VNS