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An Giang households move out of landslide-prone area 

Update: June, 15/2020 - 18:00

 

A 60m-long landslide on Sunday affected 15 households living along the Cái Sao Canal in An Giang Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Công Mạo

AN GIANG — Fifteen households living along Cái Sao Canal in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang have been relocated to safe areas because of the risk of serious landslides.

On Sunday, a serious landslide damaged a 60m-long section along the bank of Cái Sao Canal in Long Xuyên City, affecting traffic and forcing households to urgently relocate.

Another 70m-long section along the canal is facing a high risk of landslide.

Of the affected households, the kitchens of six houses collapsed completely into the canal and five houses developed cracks. Another four houses are located at sites prone to landslide.

The area has a high risk of landslides, according to the province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

The landslide was mainly caused by high tides, water flows, and weak ground coupled with prolonged heavy rain, according to the department.

The risk of further landslides is significant, it said.

To ensure property and safety for local residents, authorities in Long Xuyên City and Mỹ Thới District have helped the landslide-affected households move to safe places. 

They have also asked households near landslide risk-prone sites to take preventive measures to minimise damage to lives and property.

Barriers and warning signs warn people not to enter dangerous sites.

The department is continuing to monitor the situation and will move people out of dangerous areas if landslides occur. — VNS

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