Erosion swallows five houses in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

VN Express –

Five houses along a river in Can Tho City were washed away while another 14 partly collapsed on Monday morning as erosion continues to attack Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

The eroded area stretches 55 meters (180 feet) long and 10 meters wide along the O Mon River.

As locals rushed out of their houses in time, no cases of death or injuries have been reported, but the authorities said erosion now puts 15 other houses at risk of being washed away or collapsing.

During the past month, the disaster has happened three times along the river.

Can Tho irrigation authorities said in April that they had built an embankment to prevent erosion along the O Mon River since August last year and the project is still under construction.

In April last year, Dong Thap Province in the delta declared a state of emergency as the Tien River, a tributary of the Mekong, was threatening to engulf more than 200 houses.

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