JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Riverbank collapses, sinking 16 houses in southern Vietnam (video)

Riverbank collapses, sinking 16 houses in southern Vietnam (video)

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10:24 GMT+7

A large section of riverbank in the southern Vietnamese province of An Giang subsided on Saturday, sinking some 16 houses in the process, with the cause attributed to sand mining.

The serious subsidence occurred at around 9:30 am along a part of the Vam Nao River in My Hoi Dong Commune, Cho Moi District.

No casualties have been reported so far. Locals thought excessive sand mining was to blame.

A street running along the riverbank was also damaged, causing trees, utility posts, and electric wires to fall down.

Local authorities have dispatched hundreds of officers to the area to help residents evacuate along with their belongings.

People living in nearby houses are now worried as the land collapse has still continued along the section of the river.

According to Truong Trung Lap, chairman of the Cho Moi People’s Committee, local leaders on Friday were discussing certain measures to evacuate about 19 households along the waterway due to the threat of land subsidence.

However, the situation on Saturday morning put a total of 40 houses with 176 residents in jeopardy.

During an interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Vo Anh Kiet, chairman of the An Giang administration, said that a state of emergency had been declared following the incident.

Competent agencies have been tasked with keeping a close watch on the neighborhood around the clock to ensure safety for locals, Kiet continued.

An urgent evacuation plan has been in place in the affected area, the official stated, adding that each household would be provided with VND20 million (US$878) in monetary support.

Further assistance will be supplied to poorer residents, he added.


Electric wires lie on the road following the subsidence on April 22, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! 

Tuoi Tre News


Read more




Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Latest news