Over 1,800 of the 2,000 households living in the area designated to be the reservoir of Lai Chau hydro-power plant have been relocated to new resettlement areas in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau.

These areas in Nam Nhun and Muong Te districts have access to paved roads, schooling, electricity, power and other welfare facilities like cultural houses and medical stations.

The displaced will also receive farming land to ease their transition.

The remaining households will move into their new homes by the second quarter of this year, according to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment.

Nearly 90 percent of the funds allocated for compensation has been disbursed, said Acting Chief of the resettlement project Tran Van Dung.

Construction on the 1,200MW Lai Chau hydropower plant began in early 2011 in Nam Hang commune, Nam Nhun district, with a total investment of 35.7 trillion VND (1.7 billion USD). The reservoir is scheduled to be filled in June this year.

When completed, the plan will generate electricity and regulate water supply to the Red River Delta during the dry season and power socio-economic development in Lai Chau and Dien Bien provinces.-VNA