From Tibet to the ‘Nine Dragons’, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is losing sand

REUTERS asahi.com  January 14, 2019 at 11:00 JST

Photo/IllutrationThe Mekong River (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

MO CAY, Vietnam– In the dead of night, the entire front half of shopkeeper Ta Thi Kim Anh’s house collapsed. Perched on the sandy banks of the Mekong River, it took just a few minutes for one half of everything she owned to plunge into its murky depths.

“Our kitchen, our laundry room, our two bedrooms, all gone,” said Kim Anh, speaking amongst the twisted metal and rubble of her house, from which she still sells eggs, soap and instant noodles to villagers in Ben Tre, a province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region. Tiếp tục đọc “From Tibet to the ‘Nine Dragons’, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is losing sand”

Two companies stopped from exploiting sand from river

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Update: August, 01/2017 – 18:00

Chairman of the Hòa Bình People’s Committee Nguyễn Văn Quang (standing) chairs the meeting with residents from Hợp Thịnh and Hợp Thành communes to resolve problems related to sand and gravel exploitation by the two companies. – VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Hà

HÒA BÌNH – The Hòa Bình People’s Committee on Monday temporarily stopped two companies from exploiting sand and gravel from the Đà River in Kỳ Sơn District. Tiếp tục đọc “Two companies stopped from exploiting sand from river”

Sand exploitation out of control as violators threaten authorities

Last update 07:30 | 06/07/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Sand exploitation brings huge profits even higher than that brought by illegal logging. Experts say.

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At a working session with Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung, local officials in the Mekong Delta asked for the right to exploit sand on a riverbed without consulting with local residents.

Under current law, to collect minerals, individuals and organizations must submit reports on the possible impact on the environment, and to dredge passage, they must consult with the local community. Tiếp tục đọc “Sand exploitation out of control as violators threaten authorities”

Sand exploitation vessels on Chu River a grave concern

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Update: June, 23/2017 – 18:30

An illegal sand exploitation vessel on Chu River. — Photo dantri.com.vn

THANH HOÁ — Several illegal sand exploitation vessels have been found operating along Chu River in the central province of Thanh Hoá.However, local authorised agencies are finding it difficult to deter vessels owing to inadequate and weak human resources.As a result, banks along the river have suffered serious erosion, narrowing the cultivable area of residents and threatening people’s safety.

On the river between Thiệu Toán and Thiệu Vũ communes in Thiệu Hoá District, some vessels were caught exploiting sand from the riverbed. Upon being chased by the inspectors’ vessel, they sped away at their fastest speed. Tiếp tục đọc “Sand exploitation vessels on Chu River a grave concern”

Sand mining destroying rivers in Central Highlands, causing landslides

Last update 08:10 | 01/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Uncontrolled rampant sand exploitation is seriously affecting Krong Ana and Krong No, two large rivers in the Central Highlands. 

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The river current has changed and hundreds of hectares of land have been lost.

Krong Ana (mother river) and Krong No (father river) are important to the economic and cultural life of the people in Dak Lak and Dak Nong. But they are in danger.

The Krong No river section which runs across Krong No district in Dak Nong province, has been a ‘hot spot’ of illegal sand exploitation for many years. Tiếp tục đọc “Sand mining destroying rivers in Central Highlands, causing landslides”

Eight prosecuted for illegal sand mining

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Update: May, 22/2017 – 16:00

Nguyễn Thị Hương (right), director of Dương Dũng Co., Ltd, and her husband Lương Văn Bình, deputy director of the company, were prosecuted for violating regulations related to natural resource exploitation. – VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Hoàng

QUẢNG NINH — Police in northern Quảng Ninh Province have prosecuted eight people for illegal sand mining in the province.Nguyễn Thị Hương, director of Dương Dũng Co., Ltd, and her husband Lương Văn Bình, deputy director of the company, were prosecuted for violating regulations in connection with natural resources exploitation.

The six other people are Vũ Văn Lật, Vũ Đức Loan, Nguyễn Văn Tuấn and Lương Văn Ty, as well as Nguyễn Văn Đức, and Trần Thị Nhường. Tiếp tục đọc “Eight prosecuted for illegal sand mining”