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Residents told to relocate from dangerous building

Update: August, 28/2014 - 09:10

HA NOI (VNS) — The People's Committee of Ha Noi has ordered 37 households living in an old apartment building in Ba Dinh District's Giang Vo residential area to shift by the end of next month.

The 35-year-old structure has been condemned and is said to face a high risk of collapse.

The city has prepared accommodation for the households in the Phap Van-Tu Hiep urban area, the committee said on Tuesday.

It added that if families had their own accommodation, they would receive financial support from the city.

Chairman of the committee Nguyen The Thao said that the residents had to move out by the end of September.

Thao assigned the capital Construction Department and the People's Committee of Ba Dinh District to mobilise residents.

He said that if necessary, the two agencies could enforce evacuation of any household.

The construction department has been asked to find a suitable investor to try and repair the old apartment building.

An assessment made by the department in July last year showed that the building was sinking, the staircases and walls were weak. The staircase has been placed on a high-alert danger list during the rainy and flood season.

The department has temporarily reinforced the staircase to ensure safety for the residents in the short term.

However, the residents used the repair work as a pretext for not leaving the old apartment building, the committee said.

One of the residents, Tran Thi Sam, told Viet Nam Television (VTV) that she and others wondered if they would be allowed to return if they left the building.

"We need to know a specific time for our return," she said. — VNS

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