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Major streets of Hanoi strewn with trash after sanitation worker strike

Wednesday, December 09, 2020, 16:03 GMT+7
Major streets of Hanoi strewn with trash after sanitation worker strike
Piles of waste on Minh Khai Street in Hanoi's Hai Ba Trung District

Streets of Hanoi’s Hai Ba Trung, Hoang Mai, Cau Giay and Thanh Tri Districts, to name a few, are being inundated with piles of domestic waste as the sanitation service in the locale has been defunct over the last few days due to a sanitation worker strike.

On Tuesday, trash was seen overflowing on Dai La and Minh Khai Streets in Hai Ba Trung District.

Heaps of domestic waste as well as construction debris have remained uncollected over the past few days, exuding a nauseating odor.

“I feel uncomfortable crossing this area," Cao Lang Phuong, a 73-year-old resident in the locale, complained.

"Trash is spilling into the street with a sickening smell.

"Congestion during rush hours on this street is partly caused by the excessive volume of trash.”

A construction dump on Minh Khai Street in Hanoi's Hai Ba Trung District

A construction dump on Minh Khai Street in Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi

Other residents reported that large dumps of waste started to show up in the area when the Minh Khai Street extension project began.

Meanwhile, trash is also seen piling up on Chu Van An Street in Ha Dong District, which oozes tainted leaks and creates unsightly views.

“Even though I donned a face mask, the smell is still strong enough to force me to drive through this area as fast as possible,” local resident Le Minh Hieu remarked.

Answering Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, a leader of an environment sanitation firm in Hanoi said they have acknowledged the issue, but have no official statement at the moment. 

Earlier, the Hanoi People’s Committee directed the administrations of Tay Ho and Nam Tu Liem Districts to tackle the issue of environmental pollution in a written notice.

More specifically, the two districts were told to implement on-site evaluation to detect the root cause of the problem while working to probe the responsibility of service providers involved in the case.

As per a source of Tuoi Tre, a strike to protest late wage payment organized by sanitation workers of Nam Hanoi Group, one of the Vietnamese capital’s urban maintenance service providers, is the cause for the cessation of sanitation services in several areas of the city.

Chu Van An Street in Hanoi's Hoang Mai District is strewn with trash

Chu Van An Street in Hanoi's Hoang Mai District is strewn with trash.

A garbage dump in Thanh Tri District of Hanoi.

A garbage dump in Thanh Tri District of Hanoi

Garbage carts in Tan Trieu Commune of Thanh Tri District in Hanoi

Garbage carts in Tan Trieu Commune of Thanh Tri District, Hanoi

Mac Thai To Street in Cau Giay District is strewn with trash.

Garbage on Mac Thai To Street in Cau Giay District, Hanoi

Mac Thai To Street in Cau Giay District is strewn with trash.

Trash on Mac Thai To Street in Cau Giay District, Hanoi

Piles of trash are seen in front of Nam Trung Yen Market in Cau Giay District.

Piles of trash are seen in front of Nam Trung Yen Market in Cau Giay District, Hanoi.

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