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Residents’ lives threatened due to landslide

Update: September, 01/2017 - 18:00
The Krông Nô River has been hit by landslides during the past years affecting local residents’ lives and properties. — Photo
Viet Nam News

ĐẮK LẮK — Dozens of households are threatened because the Krông Nô River has seriously been hit by a landslide.

Houses and property of residents in Plao Siêng Vilage, Ea R’bin Commune, Lắk District in the Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk can collapse into the river bed at any time, in addition to their lives also being threatened, especially in the flood season.

Nine out of 41 households in the village have moved gradually since 2009, but the river continues to engulf the area.

Hoàng Văn Hiệu, a resident, said his house had been damaged by landslides thrice and it was very difficult for him to repair the house.

Residents and local authorities believe the landslide was caused by hydro-electricity plants and sand exploitation enterprises.

Nguyễn Xuân Hoản, deputy chairman of Lắk District People’s Committee, said, “Hydro-electricity plants cause river water imbalance and lead to erosion.”

Besides this, he said, sand exploitation could also lead to erosion.

The Buôn Kuốp Hydro-electricity Enterprise admitted that the Buôn Tua Srah Hydro-electricity Plant had somewhat impacted the Krông Nô River affecting residents’ lives.

The enterprise set up warning signals and agreed with local authorities to compensate nine households so that they could move to safer places.

However, until now, the households had not received any funds from the company.

Trương Văn Tỏ, one of the members of the nine households, said the landslide was the most serious and the quickest this year, and so experts decided to move nine households. "But we did not receive any funds to move,” he added. — VNS

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