Rescuing trapped workers may take days

Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai inspects the tunnel and directs rescue work - Photo: VGP

VGP – Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai on December 18 flew to the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to direct the rescue of workers who are being trapped under ground in Da Dang-Dachomo hydropower plant. Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai called for best rescue workers and modern equipment to speed up the rescue work, adding that all measures must be quick while guaranteeing the safety of victims. Rescue workers are making every effort during the past two days but challenges have emerged due to torrential rains on Tuesday that give rise to the water and landslides in the tunnel. Moreover, slope terrain may stretch the rescue effort by three or four days from now, our reporter on the scene said, adding that rescue forces are maintaining close contacts with the victims. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung, and Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang are also present at the site. Medical workers from Ho Chi Minh City also arrived in … [Read more...]

Around clock operation to rescue 12 workers in collapsed tunnel

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien visits a trapped worker’s relative (Photo: SGGP)

Ministers of Construction, Industry & Trade, and Health on Wednesday arrived at the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant in Central Highlands Lam Dong to instruct around the clock rescue operations to free 12 trapped workers. More rescue workers and machines have been mobilized to the scene at Da Dang-Da Chomo Hydropower in Lac Duong District, where the province’s senior leaders have also been present. Major General Bui Van Son, director of the province Police Department has entered the tunnel to instruct rescue operations. Rescuers reported that the water level had risen to a meter inside the tunnel by Wednesday noon. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Tien, Secretary of Lam Dong province Party Committee and Mr. Doan Van Viet, Chairman of the province People’s Committee, ordered the rescue force to drill a spot in the lower reaches side of the tunnel to ram another pipe to provide more air for the workers and pump water out of collapsed tunnel. On Tuesday night, they had drilled and … [Read more...]

Rescuers drilling to gain access to 12 trapped Vietnamese workers

>> 12 workers trapped in Vietnam tunnel collapse are alive >> Rescuers struggle to save 11 trapped in Vietnam tunnel collapse

Rescuers are trying to pump water out of the collapsed tunnel of a hydropower plant in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong while drilling comtinues to gain access to the 12 workers who are still alive after being trapped there since Tuesday. It is expected that they will be taken out of the collapsed section tomorrow, December 19, said Le Quang Hung, Deputy Minister of Construction, who has been on the scene to coordinate rescue efforts. Deputy Minister Hung said priority has been given to drilling to pump water from the area where the workers are to keep them from getting cold before being rescued. Accordingly, holes have been created in three directions to create access to the closed-off section, which is located about 500 meters from the tunnel opening, Hung said. "Water is rising in the collapsed tunnel section, so we are trying to pump water out to ensure safety for the trapped workers while waiting to get them out." At 8 pm Wednesday, water had risen to 1.2 … [Read more...]

Bells ring across VN for holy night

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As chilly gusts of wind overwhelm the north of the country, people are preparing for the festive season. Lights appear on fake pine trees at offices, hotels and restaurants while Christmas melodies fill the air at cafes on every street corner. The largest-ever Christmas festive nights at Hanoi's West Lake Waterpark on December 23 and 24 promise to host up to 40,000 people. The night will contain various "surprising factors", according to the waterpark and Heartlink JSC, which co-organised the event. Images of a white park and snowy road will be displayed and family members can try out Christmas-themed games, in addition to hitting the dance floor with hundreds of male and female Santas. A photo contest titled "Impressive Noel Moments" will select the Top 10 Christmas Beauties, Top 10 Christmas Moments and Top 10 Christmas Faces. In HCM City, cultural houses around the city have prepared a dazzling array of plays, concerts, art exhibitions, fashion shows, circuses and puppet … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Nam Dinh raises curtain on 7th National Games

A dazzling fireworks display at the opening ceremony (Credit: baonamdinh.com.vn)

NDO – A dazzling fireworks display lit up the sky of the Thien Truong Stadium in Nam Dinh city, Nam Dinh province on the night of December 6, marking the official beginning of the 11-day 7th National Games, to which Nam Dinh is the major host. >> International standard sports facility debuts in Nam Dinh province Attending the event were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Pham Hong Ha, and representatives from central and local agencies. … [Read more...]

Social News 5/12

Korean firm fined for wastewater discharge Environmental Police from the Ministry of Public Security have fined Miwon Vietnam VND515 million (US$24,000) for discharging wastewater into the environment. The Korean company, based in the northern province of Phu Tho, discharged wastewater that exceeds the permitted level by 10 times. The company, which produces monosodium glutamate, food seasoning and flavouring products, must suspend operations for three months and deal with the pollution within six months. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 4/12

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Concert features bands from the US, UK Saigon Outcast will host an International Live Music concert featuring the US band Tonstartssbandht and the UK's The Magic Pinions on December 13. Tonstartssbandht, consisting of two brothers Andy and Edwin White, will play boogie, 60s psychedelic rock and choral pop with a guitar and drum, while The Magic Pinions will present instrumental, chill out and ambient music. The performance will begin at 7pm at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2. Tickets are VND200,000, and are available at www.ticketbox.vn. … [Read more...]

“Lifebuoy” of many enterprises

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Impacted by the economic crisis, enterprises have faced many difficulties in their production and trading (PT) activities. Banks' debt restructuring has become a "lifebuoy" for many of them. "In between life and death" … [Read more...]