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Dien Bien rushes to evacuate 26 more households over landslide risk

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Authorities in Nam Bo District of Dien Bien Province have decided to quickly evacuate 26 local households from landslide-prone areas.

These 26 households with 136 residents were asked to move to safer places at the earliest to ensure their safety, said a local official.

Over the past few days, Huoi Dap hamlet in Nam Tin Commune, Nam Bo District, has experienced landslides that threaten the life and properties of many households.

From May 25, on the top of a hill in the area, cracks appeared and earth and rocks began falling, prompting one household to demolish their house at midnight.

Mua A Thanh, a local official in the hamlet, said the cracks on the top of the hill were discovered only after earth and rocks fell onto local houses, reported Lao Dong newspaper.

“We quickly called on local residents to move out of this vulnerable area and helped them relocate their assets to a safer place. There remain 26 households in need of immediate evacuation due to the landslide risk,” Thanh said.

The Huoi Dap hamlet is home to 77 households with over 400 people of the Mong ethnic minority group. Of them, 26 households could be affected by the hill landslide risk.

According to Hang Nhe Ly, vice chairman of the district government, the commune authorities and rescue forces were told to approach the scene and call on affected households to move to safer places.

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