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Subsidence sinks 14 houses in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Monday, July 06, 2020, 14:11 GMT+7
Subsidence sinks 14 houses in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
Subsidence sinks houses along a canal in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2020. Photo: Nguyen Hung / Tuoi Tre

Large subsidence, a sudden sinking or settling of the ground’s surface, sank 14 houses along a canal in Ca Mau Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Province, on the weekend.

The incident occurred along Canal No. 17 in Tam Giang Commune, Nam Can District at around 11:00 pm on Saturday, Nguyen Duc Trung, head of the district’s Office of Agriculture and Rural Development, confirmed on Sunday.

The subsidence affected an area that was 50 meters long and 15 meters wide, sinking a total of 14 houses and causing damage worth approximately VND810 million (US$35,000).

No one was harmed in the incident.

Authorities in Tam Giang Commune have provided each affected family with VND8 million ($346) worth of financial support.

Subsidence usually occurs in Ca Mau Province during the rainy season.

A total of 27 locations along local rivers are susceptible to land collapse, threatening the lives of more than 1,000 households, according to the Party-run Nhan Dan (People) newspaper.

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