Many buildings in HCM City for people whose lands and houses were acquired for public projects show signs of deterioration, the Department of Construction has said. A recent inspection of so-called "resettlement" buildings by the department found that not only those built five to 10 years ago but also newer ones – like An Phuc-An Loc in District 2 (built in 2008) and Tan My in District 7 (2010) – are run-down. Some common problems include leaks from bathrooms in the floor above, seepage of rainwater into walls, and blocked drains. An Phuc – An Loc appears to be sinking while the elevators do not work properly at Tan My building in District 7. In many buildings fire safety systems do not work, at Tan My the firefighting equipment is not connected to a water pipe, while at Binh Trung it is damaged. The department blamed the deterioration on inadequate maintenance, poor construction quality, and lack of awareness among residents about the use of public areas. Besides, … [Read more...] about City resettlement homes “substandard”
Sink not draining properly
Torrential rains claim two lives in Thai Nguyen Many main streets in Thai Nguyen city were inundated 35-70cm under water. Lightning also hit a chicken farm in the city's Cao Ngan commune, leaving about 8,000 chickens dead. On the evening of July 1, a rockslide at a quarry in Phu Nghiem commune, Quan Hoa district, the central province of Thanh Hoa, killed one person and injured another, who were said to use mines to destroy rocks. The body of the dead was found on the morning of July 2. Lang Son cracks down on drug crime Police in the northern province of Lang Son discovered 145 drug cases in the first six months of 2016. The police arrested 232 suspects and collected 15kg of heroin and over 72kg of synthetic drug. Notably is the case of Hua Van Khen residing in Dak Lak province. On June 20, Lang Son police busted Khen who was smuggling 30 cakes of heroin from the Central Highlands to Lang Son. All of the heroin cakes will be trafficked to China for sales. Ngo Tien Dung, a policeman … [Read more...] about Social News 4/7
Underground water levels have decreased remarkably over the last decade due to the reckless drilling of wells for agricultural, household and industrial use, experts warn. A recent report by the Center for Water Resources Technology and Assessment, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, says groundwater levels are 10 meters lower in Ho Chi Minh City, and six meters lower in Hanoi than they were 10 years ago. Professor Ngo Dinh Tuan from Hanoi Water Resources University warned that groundwater levels in the Central Highlands were sinking due to the over-irrigation of crops, mainly coffee. A study done at the university also found that groundwater levels in the Mekong Delta had fallen to 10 meters over the last decade and could run completely dry over the next five years. "Without proper planning, Ho Chi Minh City's groundwater could be all used up in only 30 years," said Huynh Le Khoa from city's Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Can Tho University … [Read more...] about Nation’s groundwater drained dry by out-of-control well drilling
Imagine the scenario: You are riding down the road on your motorbike on the way to work or a meeting without a care in the world, and boom you plunge a few meters under the road surface and maybe a few days later you are six feet under meeting your maker. Now holes, sometimes called death holes, appearing in the road are not unusual for Vietnam especially if you are brave enough to ride around the country's rural roads but when they appear on busy city streets, the alarm bells are ringing. My normal route to the office would see me go past the very same spot on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia-Ham Nghi crossroads in District 1 where a huge hole more than 3 meters long, 2 meters wide, and 1.5 meters deep was found on Saturday afternoon. It was reported that the hole was even getting bigger due to the help of strong water flow beneath. How did it happen? Well the road surface started to sink on Saturday and literally an accident was waiting to happen and after a truck passed over it, it finally … [Read more...] about How safe are Ho Chi Minh City’s streets?
Your Say (22-05-2009) Major cities need better drainage systems to tackle dangerous floods Last week: Viet Nam News asked its readers about their experiences during the major flooding in Ha Noi and other cities and about ways to prevent such occurrences. Do Hau, Vietnamese, Ha Noi I was nearly killed in the terribly heavy rain last November. Water flooded everywhere, and there was nothing on the streets to show where the street ended and lakes, canals or open sewers began. My car driver accidentally drove the car into a canal on Ha Noi City's Nguyen Hong Street. We were sinking and frantically trying to get out. Finally my driver and I were able to swim out of the car. … [Read more...] about Major cities need better drainage systems to tackle dangerous floods