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Mud dam bursts in Yen Bai

Update: October, 01/2014 - 15:00
A sea of mud from the dam swamped the Doan Ket and Luong Thien villages in Tran Yen District's Luong Thinh Commune, destroying a large amount of rice crops and farm produce.— VNA/VNS Photo

YEN BAI (VNS) — A dam which had been holding back mud from the Tay Bac Minerals Corporation's iron ore selection plant in the northern province of Yen Bai burst yesterday evening.

A sea of mud from the dam swamped the Doan Ket and Luong Thien villages in Tran Yen District's Luong Thinh Commune, destroying a large amount of rice crops and farm produce. Some areas were submerged by 50 centimetres of mud.

No casualties or injuries have been reported so far.

Three houses in the area were temporarily isolated by the mud flow.

The dam had been made of soil, according to the Vietnam News Agency's correspondent. The cause of the dam burst is yet to be discovered.

Dinh Khac Uyen, party committee secretary of Luong Thinh Ward, said that the committee has asked the people to join hands with the corporation to control the damage and to move the residents' belongings to safer areas. — VNS

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