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Ho Chi Minh City cuts down old trees at risk of falling

Ho Chi Minh City cuts down old trees at risk of falling

Sunday, November 28, 2021, 16:15 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City cuts down old trees at risk of falling
A tree is uprooted in front of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 9, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have decided to chop down over a dozen trees along many streets as they are at risk of being uprooted, which poses a lot of dangers for local residents.

The Ho Chi Minh City Greenery Parks Company confirmed on Saturday that the city’s Infrastructure Management Center had approved its proposal to fell 14 old trees that have been damaged and are thus at risk of falling.

The trees are situated on such streets as Tran Hung Dao, Cong Xa Paris, Nguyen Binh Khiem, and Nguyen Cong Tru in District 1; Vo Thi Sau, Pasteur, and Nguyen Thien Thuat in District 3; Truong Son in District 10; Hong Bang and Nguyen Kim in District 5; and Mai Van Truong in District 6.

A tree has been removed from the sidewalk along Nguyen Binh Khiem Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A tree has been removed from the sidewalk along Nguyen Binh Khiem Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Recent examinations showed that the root system of these trees had been damaged by infrastructure construction, thus it is no longer safe to keep them, said Nguyen Cong Son, an official from the Ho Chi Minh City Greenery Parks Company.

As of Saturday, three out of 14 trees had been removed, Son continued.

New trees will be planted following the removal, he added.

A tree is cut into smaller pieces after being removed from a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A tree is cut into smaller pieces after being removed from a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

On October 9, a big tree located on the sidewalk in front of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens was uprooted following a heavy rain, damaging the wall and an animal cage inside the zoo.

No people and animals were harmed in the incident.

The tree was about 50 meters tall and 1.5 meters in diameter, while its root was severely decaying.

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