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Foul-smelling water leaves crimson stains in Ho Chi Minh City canal

Foul-smelling water leaves crimson stains in Ho Chi Minh City canal

Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 13:46 GMT+7
Foul-smelling water leaves crimson stains in Ho Chi Minh City canal
Water of the Nhum Stream canal turns red in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, January 9, 2023. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Residents in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City are concerned over the health and environmental impacts of a local canal that turned a deep shade of red on Monday afternoon.  

Water in the Nhum Stream Canal near National Highway 1 gradually darkened from pinkish to blood red on Monday afternoon, alongside foul smells emitting from its water. 

The canal sits about three kilometers away from the Saigon Hi-Tech Park.

Water of the Nhum Stream canal turns red in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, January 9, 2023. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Water of the Nhum Stream canal turns red in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City, January 9, 2023. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

N.V.C., a resident of Linh Trung Ward who has been living near the canal for 15 years, said it was the second time he had seen the canal turn red, the first being last year.

“It could be untreated wastewater released from a nearby company,” C. guessed.

A representative of the People’s Committee of Linh Trung Ward said on Monday afternoon that the committee will send staff to the canal to examine the incident.

Nhum Stream Canal connects to Ba Bo Canal and a drainage system flowing from neighboring Binh Duong Province, according to the representative.

Water of the Nhum Stream canal turns red in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, January 9, 2023. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Water of the Nhum Stream canal turns red in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, January 9, 2023. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

It is often polluted by untreated wastewater illegally discharged from factories. 

The situation gets worse in the evenings and during rainstorms. 

Authorities of Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong have collaborated to implement plans to control pollution in the canal for several years, the representative affirmed.

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