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Waste burning poses risk of forest fires in Ho Chi Minh City

Waste burning poses risk of forest fires in Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, April 02, 2023, 08:36 GMT+7
Waste burning poses risk of forest fires in Ho Chi Minh City
People burn scrap at Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 21, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Many people have been burning garbage and scrap along streets and near forests in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, posing a very high risk of wildfires.

An area close to forests in Binh Chanh District became a popular place for people to secretly burn scrap at midnight and dawn, according to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters in late March.

Three men burn garbage at Hai Phung Bridge at dawn on March 21, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Three men burn garbage at Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City at dawn on March 21, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

These groups of people burned scrap on both sides of Hai Phung Bridge, located at the border area between Pham Van Hai Commune and Vinh Loc B Commune, in order to get metals such as copper and iron.

Columns of smoke produced by the scrap burning flew toward the forests. Meanwhile, many trees at the foot of the bridge have withered.

A group of people carry scrap to the area near Hai Phung Bridge on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A group of people carry scrap to the area near Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Kenh Lien Vung Street in Vinh Loc B Commune, Binh Chanh District has also become a popular place for garbage and scrap burning. 

"There are few houses on the road, so many people burn garbage to avoid getting caught,” a local resident said.

“There is a lot of smoke, and the smell of burning plastic is very unpleasant."

People burn scrap near Hai Phung Bridge on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

People burn scrap near Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Columns of smoke rising from Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Columns of smoke rising from Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Garbage is dumped near a forest in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Garbage is dumped near a forest in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Burned garbage along a street in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Burned garbage along a street in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Smoke is produced by garbage burning in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Smoke is produced by garbage burning in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A man burns scrap in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A man burns scrap in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Khang Nguyen - Minh Hoa - Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre News

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