|A ranger checks a protected forest area in central Bình Định Province’s Vĩnh Thạnh District, where loggers have cut down trees. – VNA/VNS photo Nguyên Linh|Viet Nam News
BÌNH ĐỊNH — Forty-three hectares of forests have been destroyed in Bình Định Province in the past few months, but no action has been taken against it, An Lão District’s People’s Committee said.
Phạm Văn Nam, chairman of the committee, said the forest area between An Hưng Commune in An Lão District and Hoài Nhơn Commune in Hoài Nhơn District in the central province has been cut down.
Initial information shows that the first hectare was cut down illegally in early June, but even three months later, local authorities have done nothing to protect the natural forest. Nam alleged that the forest is being cleared for monetary gain.
The committee is working with the local police on the investigation. — VNS