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Da Lat to close pollution-causing dumpsite near center

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A costly project aimed at permanently closing the Cam Ly landfill in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province by 2022 was approved by the provincial People’s Committee on Tuesday.

The shutdown of the Cam Ly landfill, located about five kilometers from Xuan Huong Lake in the city’s downtown area, is meant to address the massive amount of air and garbage pollution affecting the city. 

The uncontrolled burning of garbage at the site has led to serious air pollution in the region while two recent trash slides have buried dozens of houses in the valley below the dump.

The clearance of the Cam Ly waste dump is expected to cost the province VND48 billion (US$2 million) over a two-year period.  

Accordingly, the entire 13-hectare site is expected to be backfilled with plastic sheeting to hold the garbage in place before the area is covered in 50 centimeters of soil topped with freshly planted grass.

The project will include a 1,450-meter-long embankment, a leachate treatment station with a 50-cubic-meter daily capacity, and a tank capable of storing 360 cubic meters of leached water.

A man walks in what used to be a stream that has given way to tons of trash from the Cam Ly landfill in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A man walks in what used to be a stream that has given way to tons of trash from the Cam Ly landfill in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

The Cam Ly rubbish dump has functioned as a makeshift landfill in Da Lat for over five decades, taking in more than 200 metric tons of unsorted solid waste on a daily basis.

It is on the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s watchlist of high-pollution areas that urgently need shuttering.

The landfill was briefly closed in 2015, when the entirety of the city’s garbage was transported to another plant about 25 kilometers from the center of Da Lat in Xuan Truong Commune for treatment.

However, many reasons led the provincial adminsitration to allow Cam Ly to take in the city’s trash again, and it has turned into a makeshift dumpsite since then.

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Five sentenced to death over drug-related crimes in Vietnam

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Five Vietnamese men have been sentenced to death for illicitly selling and transporting drugs.

The People’s Court in the north-central province of Nghe An opened trials against two separate drug-related cases on Thursday.

The first trial involved Hoang Van Hai, 30, Trang A Vu, 28, and Thao A Su, 28, who all hail from the northern province of Bac Kan.

The indictment showed that police in Ky Son District, Nghe An arrested the three men when they were about to catch a coach to Hanoi at 8:00 pm on May 9.

Officers caught them red-handed carrying 20 bricks of heroin and 24 packs of narcotics.

The men claimed to have purchased the stimulants from a seller in Laos and were planning to resell the products in Vietnam for profit.

Hai, Vu, and Su were thus given the death penalty for the illegal transport of narcotics.

The defendants of the second case were Nguyen Van Duan, 40, who resides in Nghe An, and Nguyen Van Hao, 47, who hails from Ho Chi Minh City.

In March, Duan was wanted by Nghe An police for illegal drug sales as he ran away to Ho Chi Minh City.

He met Hao in the southern metropolis, hired the latter to transport drugs from Nghe An to Ho Chi Minh City, and promised to pay him VND20 million (US$865) per kilogram of drugs.

On April 6, Duan returned to Nghe An with $22,500 and bought five kilograms of crystal meth from a Laotian man and asked a local man named Ha to hide the narcotics.

On April 22, Hao was arrested while he was transporting the drugs in Vinh City, Nghe An.

Officers expanded their investigation and apprehended Duan as he was staying in the north-central province.

Both defendants were sentenced to death for their serious offense.

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Truck runs over two school girls in southern Vietnam

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Two female students were killed after a collision with a truck on the way to school in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, located in southern Vietnam, on Thursday.

The accident occurred at around 6:30 am on My Xuan – Hoa Binh Street in Phu My Township.

The two victims were identified to be N.T.Y.N. and N.V.X.Q., who were 10th graders of the local Hac Dich High School.

According to surveillance camera footage, N. was driving a motorbike while Q. sat on the back seat.

Meanwhile, the truck, driven by 38-year-old N.V.D., was running in the same direction as their bike.

While trying to overtake the bike, D. slammed the truck’s side into the motorbike handlebar, causing the vehicle to fall and the two students to be run over by the truck’s rear wheels.

The accident scene is seen in this photo. Photo: Manh Kha / Tien Phong

The accident scene is seen in this photo. Photo: Manh Kha / Tien Phong

D. initially fled the accident scene but later turned himself in at the Phu My Township police station.

Local police are further investigating the case.

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HCMC traffic deaths lowest in 20 years: official

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HCMC traffic deaths lowest in 20 years: official

Motorbikes hit by a car in HCMC, November 19, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Van.


A combination of tough measures and increased public awareness has seen HCMC record its lowest traffic deaths in two decades – 516 in January-November.

In the past three years, the number of traffic accidents and related fatalities has dropped annually, Colonel Huynh Trung Phong, head of the Road and Railway Traffic Police Division of the city’s Police Department, said at a conference Thursday.

Looking back two decades, 2002 was the deadliest year, with 1,410 traffic accident deaths, he said.

The situation has improved because the city has steadfastly and firmly implemented safety measures, including raising public awareness, he said.

HCMC has led the nation in punishing driving under the influence (DUI) violations.

This year, more than 31,000 drivers have been fined for DUI offenses under the Law on Preventing Alcohol’s Harmful Effects that took effect on January 1. Nationwide, more than 156,000 drivers have been fined.

“There have been months when the city handled nearly 14,000 violations, while the nationwide figure was just 53,000,” Phuong said. He said the city would continue to focus on DUI offenses as a main reason for traffic accidents.

Under the new law, any driver with alcohol on his or her breath faces fines of VND400,000-600,000 ($17-26) on bicycles or electric motorbikes. For motorbike drivers, the fines are VND6-8 million, and for cars, VND30-40 million. All drivers can have their licenses revoked for 22-24 months.

Tran Quang Lam, director of the municipal Transport Department, said that since 2016, the city has also invested in a number of traffic infrastructure projects to reduce gridlocks and accidents. As of August this year, it had finished building 72 bridges, upgraded and put into use a total of 384 km (240 miles) of roads. This has helped ease traffic jams in many areas, especially major gateways like the Cat Lai Port in District 2 and the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

“Access to investment and the time-consuming site clearance process remain the biggest obstacles,” Lam said, explaining that this has led to many traffic infrastructure projects remaining incomplete.

City chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said at the conference that in the past three years, the city has put into use 57 traffic infrastructure projects worth more than VND11 trillion ($473.21 million) in total, which has helped minimize traffic congestion in many areas.

“Despite such efforts, the city’s traffic infrastructure is still put under a lot of pressure due to a significant increase in the number of private vehicles and sidewalks are still prone to encroachment,” he said.

As of June, HCMC had 9.84 million private vehicles, up 7 percent against the same period last year. The number of cars went up 26 percent to 825,000 and that of motorbikes more than 6 percent to 8.12 million. From 2010, the number of private vehicles in the city has increased by more than four million.

Officials said at the meeting that from now until 2025, the city needs to continue with the measures it has been implementing in order to reduce the number of traffic accidents by 5 percent each year.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/hcmc-traffic-deaths-lowest-in-20-years-official-4197941.html

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