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140m road section sinks into river in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

140m road section sinks into river in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Monday, November 20, 2023, 18:52 GMT+7
140m road section sinks into river in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
Cars have not been able to run on a section of a local road in Ca Mau Province in the Mekong Delta region due to land subsidence over the past four months. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Over a hundred meters of a section of a road in Dam Doi District under Ca Mau Province in the Mekong Delta region fell into a river following land collapse, disrupting vehicular movements and turning residents’ lives upside down.

Doan Chi Linh, chairman of Tan Tien Commune in Dam Doi District, said on Monday that two land collapse instances occurred on the road in July and August.

A section stretching 110 meters sank into the river for the first time, while another piece of the road measuring 30 meters collapsed into the river during the second subsidence.

Over the past few days, high tides have caused slides on the road, making it impassable to motorcycles.

“This is the main route connecting Dam Doi District with Nguyen Huan Commune and some neighboring communes, so thousands of vehicles travel on the road daily,” Linh said.

However, weak ground foundation and a lack of earth materials made it tougher for the Tan Tien Commune administration to handle the subsidence. 

A makeshift bridge was erected for pedestrians.

“When I transport my child for school along the collapsed section of the road, I must stop and then walk the kid across the makeshift bridge. After that, I must hire a motorbike rider to carry my child to school,” Le Cam Loan in Tan Tien Commune said.

Ho Van Phap, a local of Tan Tien Commune, said that the destroyed road is not passable to motorcycles.

“I must carry my daughter on my back to cross the slide-hit site to continue our trip to her school,” he recounted.

Ho Van Phap carries his daughter on his back daily to her kindergarten due to a collapsed road in Ca Mau Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ho Van Phap carries his daughter on his back daily to her kindergarten due to a collapsed road in Ca Mau Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A few days ago, a person fell into the river due to the damaged road while he was riding a motorcycle, but he was rescued, Phap said.

Owing to the out-of-service road, he has had to take his child to school for the past few months, affecting his work and lowering his income.

“We had mobilized forces to build embankments to prevent land collapse on the road, but high water levels and weak ground foundation hindered the work,” said the leader of Tan Tien Commune.

The commune is planning to build a makeshift road for motorcycles in the coming days, while cars will have to wait for a new 700-meter-long road.

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Tieu Bac - Thanh Huyen / Tuoi Tre News

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