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Wrecked village recovers a year after deadly landslide hits central Vietnam

Wrecked village recovers a year after deadly landslide hits central Vietnam

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 20:06 GMT+7
Wrecked village recovers a year after deadly landslide hits central Vietnam
Farmers plant rice seedlings into soil at a paddy field in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The lives of hundreds of villagers in central Vietnam are returning to normal in a new place after they were evacuated from the area once struck by a fatal landslide more than one year ago.

A typhoon in November 2017 brought down four houses, devastated crops and triggered a landslide that killed five people in a remote area of Nam Tra My District, part of disaster-prone Quang Nam Province.

The mountainside village there was damaged beyond recognition.

A man walks near a house destroyed by a landslide in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, November 6, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A man walks near a house destroyed by a landslide in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, November 6, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Over 600 affected locals were forced to relocate to Khe Chu Valley, around four kilometers away from the original place.

They started life anew on a shoestring, with financial support from the local government and corporate and private donors.

The residents erected stronger houses, chose pieces of land for rice-farming purposes and have been encouraged to use fields in their original village again, while the authorities have built dirt roads, a school, hospital and electricity grid.

The government is trying to have the roads covered with concrete prior to Vietnam’s largest public holiday – the Lunar New Year fest in February – and make sure the residents have enough food to eat a few months after that.  

A woman dries rice at a her house in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A woman dries rice at a her house in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A family cooks a meal after returning from rice paddies in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A family cooks a meal after returning from rice paddies in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A first grader smiles at her classroom in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A first grader smiles at her classroom in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Schoolchildren study in a classroom in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Schoolchildren study in a classroom in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A man lays bricks to build a shop in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A man lays bricks to build a shop in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The new village in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The new village in Khe Chu Valley in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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