|A man sit looking at the debris of his house which was destroyed by waste pond breakage. – VNA/VNS Photo Quốc Khánh|Viet Nam News
LÀO CAI — Households who were badly affected by waste fertiliser pond breakage in Bảo Thắng District of the northern mountainous province of Lào Cai were handed over financial assistance, reported e-newspaper vietnamplus.vn.
The compensation was VNĐ10 million (US$460) for each family given by DAP No.2 Stock Company under the National Chemical Group (Vinachem) based in Tằng Lỏong Industrial Zone in Bảo Thắng District.
Previously, the Vinachem group and the company had offered VNĐ7 million for each household. So far, the total compensation money reached VNĐ17 million (US$700) for each family who was affected by the incident.
Last week, a waste pond breakage that discharged over 45,000cu.m of mud and untreated chemical-filled wastewater in the district has severely affected the local people’s lives and the ecosystems of surrounding areas.
The wastewater flooded households in Tằng Loỏng Town and Phú Nhuận Commune. Two houses were swept away and another 35 were affected along provincial road No 151. The provincial People’s Committee has asked Bảo Thắng District’s authority to review the damages and set up plans of compensation.
So far, the district has made a list and negotiate the compensation to 35 affected households.
The households would be reallocated to safe areas.
Now, the province’s highway 151 has been ready for travelling after many days of cleaning up, the paper said.
The cause for pond breakage was investigated, the paper said. — VNS