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10 sinkholes appear near Quảng Bình power plant

Update: August, 01/2017 - 09:00
One among 10 sinkholes found near Hố Hô power plant. — Photo
Viet Nam News

QUẢNG BÌNH — The appearance of 10 sinkholes in sweet corn fields in the province has been worrying locals for a month, but scientists say is a normal phenomenon in the karst area.

The sinkholes appeared at a distance of 1km from the reservoir of the Hố Hô power plant in Hương Hóa Commune.

Each hole is some 50sq.m. wide, 2-6m deep and shaped like a cylinder.

“These worried locals a lot. For a month now, they linked these holes to supernatural phenomenon,” Nguyễn Thị Thao, the commune’s chairwoman, said. Thao, therefore, wanted related agencies to study the cause to relieve locals’ worries.

The sinkholes run along the outlet stream of the reservoir and have been developing gradually since a month now.

Following an investigation trip to the area, Nguyễn Đức Lý, director of the local Department of Sciences and Technology said the sinkholes were created due to normal topographical movements.

“This is normal phenomenon and has been recorded in other regions in Việt Nam. It is not unusual in the karst area at this locality,” Lý said.

He warned that although the holes would take time to gradually sink, locals should avoid jumping inside them to avoid dangerous and swift sinking.

Lý told locals to fill the holes with soil to continue their cultivation.

However, he promised a detail report to the province authorities and asked them to install a fence around the holes to prevent unexpected accidents to locals and their cattle.

Also, according to Lý, there was no evidence to prove any link between the sinkholes and the Hố Hô power plant. — VNS


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