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Agencies urged to stop illegal dredging

Update: May, 18/2015 - 08:59
Piles of sand at a dealer's site in Thua Thien - Hue Province. — VNS Photo Hue Phong
THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS) — Authorities in central Thua Thien - Hue Province have asked concerned agencies to stop the illegal exploitation of sand from the riverbed of the Bo River, one of the three biggest rivers in the locality.

On Friday, the province's People's Committee demanded police and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources deal with the spread of sand exploitation in Huong Tra District.

Using dredges armed with suction pipes, the exploiters can take hundreds of cubic metre of sand from the riverbed at a time, leading to erosion on the river banks.

The holes left by the dredging are filled with sand from the banks, sometimes changing the flow of the river. — VNS

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