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Hundreds clean up village enduring two landslides in south-central Vietnam

Hundreds clean up village enduring two landslides in south-central Vietnam

Saturday, November 20, 2021, 11:02 GMT+7
Hundreds clean up village enduring two landslides in south-central Vietnam
Soldiers scoop mud up after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Hundreds of policemen, army soldiers, and motor vehicles helped people living near Cam Mountain in the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh with a cleanup on Friday after two back-to-back landslides had heavily destroyed the venue.

The cleanup that has taken place for days gained the support from more than 170 policemen, soldiers, and youth volunteers as soon as the morning sunlight shone down on Chanh Thien Village at the foot of Cam Mountain in Cat Thanh Commune of Binh Dinh’s Phu Cat District on Friday.

At that time, more than 100 houses in Chanh Thien Village were covered with mud while rock and soil piled up on some local roads.

A downpour on Thursday night had caused mud from Cam Mountain to slide down on the village and flow into people’s houses.

Another landslide had also hit Chanh Thien on the evening of November 14, following torrential rains.

An estimated 25,000 metric tons of soil and rock slid from the top of the mountain into the residential area below, according to Mai Van Be, deputy chairman of Cat Thanh Commune.

Soldiers and youth volunteers scoop mud up after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers and youth volunteers scoop mud up after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

Functional forces mobilized three excavators and seven specialized vehicles to remove and transport soil and sand away from the scene on Friday.

They also created a channel to the west of the village so that water from the mountain can flow to a natural stream there and avoid flooding people’s houses.

As of Friday afternoon, the main road, which stretches from the entrance to the end of Chanh Thien Village, had been cleared of mud, allowing people and vehicles to travel more conveniently.

Vehicles travel after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Vehicles travel after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

“After four days of running back and forth, raking mud, and shoveling dirt by ourselves, every villager has been exhausted,” said Dinh Dieu, a 63-year-old local resident.

“This morning, everyone in the village was happy seeing the soldiers arrive to give us a hand. 

“Currently, the villagers and soldiers are together scooping soil up, bagging them up, and piling the bags around the mountain foot to prevent mud from pouring into local houses.”

An excavator removes mud after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
An excavator removes mud after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

After Chanh Thien Village, Chanh Thang Village in the same commune is facing high risk of landslides, according to Lieutenant Colonel Vo Van Thanh, a battalion commander of Phu Cat District.

The lieutenant colonel has thus suggested local authorities evacuate its residents to safety as soon as possible.

Soldiers and youth volunteers scoop mud up after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers and youth volunteers scoop mud up after two landslides hit Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers scoop mud up after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers scoop mud up after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Chanh Thien Village after two landslides in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Chanh Thien Village was destroyed by two landslides in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers scoop mud up after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers scoop mud up after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of a landslide in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of landslide aftermath in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
A soldier transports a bag of mud after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
A soldier transports a bag of mud after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers pile up bags of mud to prevent flood water from overflowing people's houses after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers pile up bags of mud to prevent flood water from overflowing people's houses after two landslides in Chanh Thien Village, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
A slope of Cam Mountain poses a high risk of another landslide in Cat Thanh Commune, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
A slope of Cam Mountain is vulnerable to landslide in Cat Thanh Commune, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, November 19, 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

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