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Landslides cut off parts of central VN

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Mountain landslides pummels Quang Nam

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 6:22 am

Floods, landslides as illegal sand miners erode central region rivers

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

Many rivers in the central region are overflowing and causing floods as rampant mining of sand has from stripped their banks clean.

People use pumps to suck sand illegally in the Tra Khuc River in the central coastal province of Quang Ngai (Photo: SGGP)

The 15-kilometer-long Tuy Loan River in Da Nang, for instance, sees tens of boats equipped with pumps sailing up and down daily to illegally exploit sand.
 
They berth one after another between 2am and 2pm to set up the pumps on the banks and extract sand.
 
There are dozens of illegal mines along just one kilometer of the river and many craters.
 
Le Thi Lan, who owns a vegetable farm near the river, said the river has encroached deeply into the land. If authorities fail to do act, there will be no land left by the end of this year to grow vegetables.
 
People living on Mo Coi hillock in Quang Nam Province’s Dien Ban District said dozens of boats come every night to take away sand, causing landslides.
 
According to the Dien Phong Commune Farmers Association, some 40 hectares of land in the commune have been lost to encroachment by the river, lands that once supported many families.
 
Triem Tay hamlet in the commune lost tens of hectares, forcing over 20 households to move.
 
More than 30 boats come every day to this area to take away thousands of cubic meters of sand.
 
Ninety out of 125 families have moved out of Vinh Thanh hamlet due to landslides.
 
In Quang Ngai Province the Tra Khuc River’s vicinity looks like a war zone with a huge number of boats mining sand from dunes.
 
In Quang Ngai town, dozens of trucks line up early morning every day in Le Hong Phong ward to mine sand from dunes.
 
Natural resources stolen
 
The People’s Committee of Hoa Nhon Commune in Da Nang, established a team equipped with a boat to patrol dunes and detect illegal miners earlier this year.
 
However, due to a shortage of personnel and limited powers, the team cannot arrest illegal miners but only impose fines of up to VND1.5 million.
 
As a result, the illegal exploitation continues.
 
Nguyen Dang Du, chairman of the committee, said his commune has lost three hectares of farmland in less than a year to the mining and admitted his administration’s helplessness to do anything.
 
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Quang Ngai said the province People’s Committee plans to auction away the right to mine sand along the Tra River.
 
In recent years, after every flood season, many landslides occur along the river.
 
The central region is in chaos — illegal sand miners are everywhere, river banks and nearby lands are being eroded, people are losing their farmlands, and official agencies are unable to do anything to prevent all this.


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Source: SGGP

Floods and storms trigger landslides, threaten central residents

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Residents along coastal and riverside areas in the central region are concerned as their lives and properties could be swallowed up at any time by torrential waters this flood and storm season.

A house on the Gianh Riverbank endangered by land erosion in Quang Binh Province (Photo: SGGP)

Seawaters annually eroded from 50-70 meters more than normal in Thach Bang Commune, Loc Ha District, Ha Tinh Province in recent years, said the Thach Bang People’s Committee chairman Tran Dinh Nhu. In addition, the intrusion of salt and sand also neutralized dozens of hectares of farmland.


Along the commune’s Xuan Hai Beach, local residents have had to construct restaurants farther inland because the old ones, closer to the water’s edge, have been devastated.


In the neighboring commune of Thach Kim, the embankment is just 5-10 meters away from the seawater edge, while it was 200-300 meters away only five years ago.


In Quang Binh Province, high tides collapsed nines houses in Nhan Trach Commune of Bo Trach District in the middle of July. Bac Dinh Village’s residents said that seawaters have swept away half their village’s land so far.


About 1,000 people living along rivers and beaches in the province face the dangers inherent to land erosion. Meanwhile, landslides have swallowed over 500 kilometers of riverbanks, affecting Tuyen Hoa District most severely.


Things are no better in Thua Thien-Hue Province, as Phu Thuan Commune’s beach has invaded farther inland, collapsing dozens of houses in recent years.


Ngo Thi Gai from An Duong Village said that her family has lived in fear, as most of her garden has been swallowed by seawater, while the house has been severely damaged.


Hundreds of other households are also suffering similar outcomes in Phu Vang, Phu Loc, Phong Dien and Quang Dien districts.


In the mountainous district of Tra Bong in Quang Ngai Province, over 60 households with about 308 residents of Tra Lac Village are nervous because of a new cleft in Ca Bot Mountain that measures 70 meters in length and is up to one meter in width at some spots.


The village patriarch Dinh Van Nho said that the clefts occurred a few years ago, concerning local residents, but they do not know where to evacuate and are still awaiting State assistance.


In Nghe An Province, Hung Nhan Commune of Hung Nguyen District annually losses about five hectares of production area due to land erosion. Hundreds of households have to evacuate annually during flood season.


Waiting for Government’s assistance


To help coastal residents in Thach Bang Commune of Ha Tinh Province to cope with land erosion, local authorities have mobilized inhabitants to plant casuarinas along beaches and asked relevant authorities for measures to cope with the issue.


Meanwhile, people in Phu Thuan Commune of Thua Thien-Hue Province are still waiting for a resettlement policy to be handed down by provincial authorities.


The Government has assisted Quang Ngai Province withVND10 billion (US$526,000) to build resettlement areas for mountain residents in landslide-prone areas. However, the construction has not been completed on schedule, while the flood season has moved in, placing residents in a dangerous situation.

Source: SGGP

Floods and storms trigger landslides, threaten central residents

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

Residents along coastal and riverside areas in the central region are concerned as their lives and properties could be swallowed up at any time by torrential waters this flood and storm season.

A house on the Gianh Riverbank endangered by land erosion in Quang Binh Province (Photo: SGGP)

Seawaters annually eroded from 50-70 meters more than normal in Thach Bang Commune, Loc Ha District, Ha Tinh Province in recent years, said the Thach Bang People’s Committee chairman Tran Dinh Nhu. In addition, the intrusion of salt and sand also neutralized dozens of hectares of farmland.


Along the commune’s Xuan Hai Beach, local residents have had to construct restaurants farther inland because the old ones, closer to the water’s edge, have been devastated.


In the neighboring commune of Thach Kim, the embankment is just 5-10 meters away from the seawater edge, while it was 200-300 meters away only five years ago.


In Quang Binh Province, high tides collapsed nines houses in Nhan Trach Commune of Bo Trach District in the middle of July. Bac Dinh Village’s residents said that seawaters have swept away half their village’s land so far.


About 1,000 people living along rivers and beaches in the province face the dangers inherent to land erosion. Meanwhile, landslides have swallowed over 500 kilometers of riverbanks, affecting Tuyen Hoa District most severely.


Things are no better in Thua Thien-Hue Province, as Phu Thuan Commune’s beach has invaded farther inland, collapsing dozens of houses in recent years.


Ngo Thi Gai from An Duong Village said that her family has lived in fear, as most of her garden has been swallowed by seawater, while the house has been severely damaged.


Hundreds of other households are also suffering similar outcomes in Phu Vang, Phu Loc, Phong Dien and Quang Dien districts.


In the mountainous district of Tra Bong in Quang Ngai Province, over 60 households with about 308 residents of Tra Lac Village are nervous because of a new cleft in Ca Bot Mountain that measures 70 meters in length and is up to one meter in width at some spots.


The village patriarch Dinh Van Nho said that the clefts occurred a few years ago, concerning local residents, but they do not know where to evacuate and are still awaiting State assistance.


In Nghe An Province, Hung Nhan Commune of Hung Nguyen District annually losses about five hectares of production area due to land erosion. Hundreds of households have to evacuate annually during flood season.


Waiting for Government’s assistance


To help coastal residents in Thach Bang Commune of Ha Tinh Province to cope with land erosion, local authorities have mobilized inhabitants to plant casuarinas along beaches and asked relevant authorities for measures to cope with the issue.


Meanwhile, people in Phu Thuan Commune of Thua Thien-Hue Province are still waiting for a resettlement policy to be handed down by provincial authorities.


The Government has assisted Quang Ngai Province withVND10 billion (US$526,000) to build resettlement areas for mountain residents in landslide-prone areas. However, the construction has not been completed on schedule, while the flood season has moved in, placing residents in a dangerous situation.

Source: SGGP

Landslides kill two in Ha Giang

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Landslides kill two in Ha Giang


QĐND – Saturday, July 24, 2010, 21:35 (GMT+7)

Heavy downpour and flash floods on July 24 caused landslides and killed two local residents in the northern mountain province of Ha Giang.


At 09.00 am flash floods triggered a sudden fall of thousands of cubic metres of earth and rocks down the hill in Khuay Hao village, Yen Minh district. Earth and rocks reduced a house owned by Sinh Minh Sinh, a Mong ethnic local, to rubble and killed his three-year-old niece Sinh Thi Chinh. 


The district administration and Red Cross society dispatched rescue forces to the site and provided the Sinh with VND6 million in relief aid to help them stabilise life.


Three hours earlier, heavy rains accompanied by strong winds also caused a landslide in Na Tri commune, Xin Man district. Hundreds of earth and rocks fell down and flattened nurse Nguyen Thi Thu Hien’s house. The 26-year-old nurse died immediately.


District administration officials rushed to the site and instructed local rescue forces to deal with the aftermath of the natural calamity. The district and its Red Cross society provided VND3 million to Hien’s family to organise the memorial service for the unfortunate nurse.


Meanwhile, storm Chanthu, which weakened into a low pressure system on July 23, has dumped heavy rains of 232mm on the northern mountain province of Yen Bai. Torrential rains have caused flooding in 5 wards in Yen Bai city, a house in Hop Minh commune to collapse, and water levels in major rivers to swell up.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Floods, landslides kill 136 in El Salvador

In World on November 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Rescue workers combed through mud, rubble and debris in search of survivors from raging floods and landslides that killed at least 136 people, after a late-season hurricane devastated swaths of Central America.








A family show their dejection while rescue team look for victims among rubble in San Vicente 80 km east of San Salvador. (AFP Photo)

Landslides and overflowing rivers swept away entire homes, while a raging torrent ripped through an large section of the town of Verapaz, where bodies — covered in mud-caked sheets — were stored in a local chapel, waiting to be identified.


Rescue efforts focused on eastern San Vicente department, where 72 people were still missing after three days of driving rain, 60 of them in Verapaz alone, officials said late Monday.


“The problem here in finding bodies is removing all these rocks and trees,” Carlos Arce, 27, told AFP in what remained of his town of 6,800 after the storm.


“The floods took away people, houses and destroyed the crops,” said Javier Martinez, a local farmer.


A civil protection official updated the death toll from the storm from 130 to 136, adding that more than 13,000 people fled their homes, some 1,800 homes were damaged or destroyed and 18 bridges and many roads were washed away by the floods.


Although Hurricane Ida did not hit the country of some seven million people directly, it brought heavy rain that affected the entire region.


President Mauricio Funes visited Verapaz, where he vowed that “this time, the government will not leave the people alone.”


He has requested the national assembly to reallocate 150 million dollars from an international loan of 300 million designed for anti-crisis measures.


The National Assembly has declared a “public catastrophe and national disaster” and decreed three days of national mourning for the flood victims.


“There is no doubt that this is a town that has been severely hit by a natural disaster, but it also shows the lack of preventive measures and risk mitigation that could have been carried out years ago,” said Funes.


“We must overcome the tragedy … I know that those lives lost can hardly be replaced.”


Help for the flood victims was coming from across the Americas: the United States has donated 100,000 dollars in aid, Brazil 80,000 dollars, and Guatemala has sent rescue workers to help the recovery effort.


The UN World Food Program warned that over the next few days around 10,000 people in El Salvador will need emergency food assistance.


Teams would shortly begin the challenging work in this hilly and mountainous land of evaluating the flood damage, according to Interior Minister Humberto Centeno.


Ida, now weakened to a tropical storm, was crossing the Gulf of Mexico ahead of expected landfall in Alabama in the United States early Tuesday, although tropical force winds ahead of the storm were already lashing Louisiana and Florida.


Heavy downpours have hit El Salvador since Thursday, causing mudslides and flooding. Most of the deaths have occurred in the areas of San Salvador, La Libertad, Cuscatlan, La Paz and San Vicente.


Not even the country’s only zoo was spared: a stream running alongside it burst its banks, damaging some installations and killing a number of animals, National Zoo director Raul Miranda said.


Torrential rains have also hit neighboring Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.


No victims or major damage have been reported either in Honduras or Mexico, but about 100 homes have been damaged by flooding in Guatemala, prompting the evacuation of at least 200 people there.


Ida also struck neighboring Nicaragua last week, destroying around 930 homes and leaving some 13,000 people homeless.


 


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