A kindergarten in Hue City, located in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue, has subsided while waiting to be put into operation in the upcoming school year
Construction began on the first phase of the Hoang Mai Kindergarten project in June 2020 at a cost of more than VND15.3 billion (US$663,800), before it was inaugurated in May this year.
Considered as one of the most modern and beautiful kindergartens in Thua Thien-Hue, the facility is dedicated to children from households subject to the relocation for the reservation of the Citadel of Hue, a national relic and world heritage site in the province.
It is expected that the kindergarten, built on an area of about 4,783 square meters, will be put into official operation from the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.
|Only two of the three steps in front of the kindergarten stay above the ground. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre|
However, just two months after its inauguration, the foundation of the construction has been sinking.
One of the three steps in front of the building has dipped below the ground, while only the remaining two can be seen on the surface.
The subsidence first occurred early in February, according to the investor’s report to the People’s Committee of Hue City.
Currently, the foundation has subsided about 23cm and is poised to sink further at a rate from 2mm to 2.5mm a week.
|A sign warning 'No Entry' is erected at the construction site of the Hoang Mai Kindergarten project in Hue City, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre|
The entire concrete structure of the building remains stable, whereas the foundation has no signs of cracking or floor bulging, according to the report.
After discovering the incident, the investor has prohibited people from entering the construction site.
It is building the remaining auxiliary works of the project while keeping an eye on the subsidence.
The People’s Committee of Hue City required the investor to find competent consulting units to assess and check the current status of the works, and fix all shortcomings before putting them to use.