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Petrol warehouse in residential area leaves locals scared

Update: November, 08/2017 - 16:17
The giant petrol tanks placed next to local people’s house allegedly bring high risk for people. - Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ TĨNH — Hundreds of households in An Tiên Village, Xuân Giang Commune of central province of Hà Tĩnh’s Nghi Xuân District are living in fear due to a large petrol warehouse which has come up in the vicinity, on an area of 14,000sq.m.

There are big 6 tanks with a total containing capacity of 9,000cu.m of gasoline each, the online newspaper Dân Trí reported on Wednesday.

Phạm Văn Ninh has been been worried about the warehouse setting up a shop next to his home for the last three months.

“We are very worried. The six big tanks, like bombs, are parked next to our houses. Our families and neighbours can suffer serious injuries in case of any incident,” Ninh told the paper.

“We have to bear the smell of petrol every day, and live in fear of a blaze at any time,” said Phạm Tý, another resident of the village.

One month ago, when Miền Trung Company, owner of the warehouse, did some maintenance work at the warehouse, the local people had to suffer from the smell of gasoline and breath in the dusty air. Many households had to temporarily move away from their homes.

The local people had protested against the company, but the local government did not give in to their demands.

Nguyễn Hồng Lưu, chairman of Xuân Giang Commune, told the paper that he shared the worries of the locals but could do anything because the location of the warehouse was decided by district and provincial authorities.

He also said he did not have any information about the company which owned the warehouse. — VNS


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