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Land subsidence ravages riverside road twice in southern Vietnam

Land subsidence ravages riverside road twice in southern Vietnam

Sunday, July 09, 2023, 11:01 GMT+7
Land subsidence ravages riverside road twice in southern Vietnam
Land subsidence hits a riverside road in Phu Phong Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Tien Giang Province, southern Vietnam are seeking measures to cope with the aftermath of recent land subsidence which badly hit two vast areas of a riverside road in Phu Phong Commune, Chau Thanh District.

The first subsidence-hit road section, measuring more than 45 meters long and four meters wide, is located in Phu Hoa Hamlet.

The second one, some 55 meters long and around seven meters wide, runs through Phu Thanh Hamlet.

Land subsidence hits a riverside road in Phu Phong Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre

Land subsidence hits a riverside road in Phu Phong Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre

The land subsidence posed threats to local households and their farmlands, disrupted traffic and daily activities of the locals, the Phu Phong administration said on Saturday.

Following the incident, the local administration inspected the affected road and set up warning signs there to make daily commuters aware of the vulnerable locations while reporting it to upper authorities for solutions.

Land subsidence disrupts traffic and daily activities of local residents. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre

Land subsidence disrupts traffic and daily activities of local residents. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Duc Thinh, office chief of the provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that land subsidence in this Mekong Delta province has hit 66 locations measuring around 11.7 kilometers in total in the year to date.

More than VND133 billion (US$5.6 million) is needed to address the problem, he said.

Land subsidence was mostly reported in Cai Lay Town and the districts of Cho Gao, Chau Thanh, Cai Be, and Cai Lay.

Many locations suffered severe land subsidence and required emergency measures to protect the locals and their assets, while the funding needed to tackle the land sinking exceeded the district’s budget reserves, he said.

During the first seven months this year, land collapse took place on an increasingly larger scale and may maintain the upward spiral in riverside areas throughout the province.

The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development submitted to the provincial administration a plan to address 34 subsidence-hit locations, with a total fund of over VND47 billion ($1.9 million).

The department is working on solutions to cope with land subsidence facing the remaining 32 locations.​

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