Quang Nam’s coastal localities face serious landslides hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: nhandan.org.vn)
Quang Nam (VNA) – Tam Hai island commune in Nui Thanh district, the central province of Quang Nam has faced an increasingly serious landslides, forcing many people to leave their houses.

Binh Trung village’s hamlet 3 once had 70 households, but the majority of them have moved and left desert houses.

Vo Minh Cong’s family, one of the six households choosing to stay, has their backyard intruded by seawater. Cong, 71, said that his hamlet locates in the estuary of Truong Giang river, thus have been affected by landslide for years.

This year, although it has not been hit by devastated storm, the hamlet has faced rapid and unexpected landslide and locals were not able to respond, he said.

Along with Binh Trung, Tan Lap and Thuan An villages have also been ravaged by landslides.

According to Nguyen Tan Hung, Vice Chairman of the Tam Hai commune People’s Committee, in 2012, the Chu Lai Open Economic Zone’s Management Board supported the locality to build a 1.8km dyke with total investment of 48 billion VND.

However, one end of the dyke with a 200m section in Tan Lap village has been washed by sea wave, destroying protective forest in the area.

Currently, Tam Hai island commune has 60 vulnerable areas where locals need urgent evacuation, the majority of whom are poor, he said, adding that the aid of 20 million VND per households is not enough for them to resettle.

He underscored that Tam Hai commune hopes to receive more investment to construct about a 4.5km dyke. Locals have also actively plant mangrove forest with a newly-planted area of 17 hectares.-VNA