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Sewer robots tilt houses in Ho Chi Minh City

Sewer robots tilt houses in Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, September 29, 2023, 19:45 GMT+7
Sewer robots tilt houses in Ho Chi Minh City
A woman points at some cracks in a wall of her house on Street No. 18 in An Khanh Ward, in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Many houses in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City are leaning and have cracks in walls after robotic machines dug a tunnel to empty an underground sewage system in late August.

According to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s observation, 15 houses located on Street No. 18 in An Khanh Ward are facing a slight tilt.

Meanwhile, the surrounding sidewalk is subsiding.

Sewer robots operate underground, causing subsidence for many houses in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Sewer robots operate underground, causing subsidence to many houses in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Several other houses are also seeing their walls crack two or three meters long, while their gates cannot be closed tightly.

Binh, a resident on Street No. 18, said that after discovering some cracks in his house walls, he asked his neighbors about the problem, and knew that they were facing the same issue.

“I have lived here for many years. When I found these cracks, I initially thought there was an earthquake that caused the problem,” Binh said.

Another local named Dung said that his house was built many years ago, but it is really firm.

However, several cracks have appeared in its walls, shocking him.

He and his family worried about an unexpected house collapse.

A big crack in a wall of a house on Street No. 18 in Thu Duc City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A big crack in a wall of a house on Street No. 18 in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two walls of a house separate. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two walls of a house separate. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Le Van Dien, head of a team under Hai Duong Rural Development and Dike Stone Construction JSC, which is in charge of an environmental sanitation package in the ward, said robots dug a tunnel for drainage at the depth of 10 meters on August 22, shaking houses.

The firm is working to repair affected residents’ houses to ensure their safety.

A location outside a house on Street No. 18 suffers cracks and subsidence. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A location outside a house on Street No. 18 suffers cracks and subsidence. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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