|Households in Bảo Thắng District affected by the waste pond’s spillover in Lào Cai Province will receive compensation. - VNA/VNS Photo Quốc Khánh|Viet Nam News
LÀO CAI - The People’s Committee in the northern province of Lào Cai has approved a decision to compensate households that were affected when a wastewater pond burst its banks recently.
The waste pond belonged to a DAP fertiliser factory, and spilled over 45,000cu.m of mud and untreated chemicals into nearby neighbourhoods following torrential rain on September 7.
Twenty-five out of the 41 affected households who were forced to relocate after the incident would receive VNĐ24 billion (over US$1 million) in compensation from DAP, said Vương Trinh Quốc, head of office of the People’s Committee.
Of which, VNĐ18 billion will be used for resettlement and the remainder for residential land payment.
On October 5, the households will move to a resettlement area in Phố Lu Township as they wait for their new houses to be built.
The factory, located in Tằng Loỏng Industrial Park, Bảo Thắng District, has also said it will help families with their rent in the meantime.
Provincial authorities will continue to review the remaining 16 households to make plans for relocation and compensation.
Vice Chairman Lê Ngọc Hưng earlier said that in the long term, the province needed to relocate all households living near the waste pond. - VNS