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Kiên Giang seeks investments for 55 projects to mitigate natural disasters

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Embankments built to create mud flats for growing mangrove forests in Kiên Giang Province’s Hòn Đất District. — VNA/ Photo Lê Huy Hải

KIÊN GIANG — The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Kiên Giang is soliciting investment in 55 projects meant to cope with climate change and prevent natural disasters and coastal and riverine erosion.

The newly approved projects include 14 in transportation, 15 in agriculture and irrigation, 20 in water supply, two in water drainage, three in wastewater treatment, and one in solid waste treatment.

One of the transport projects includes building a 3.1km road along the western coast of Phú Quốc Island at a cost of VNĐ2.2 trillion (US$86 million).

Another is an erosion-prevention embankment along Vịnh Thuận Yên beach in Hà Tiên City.

The 6.3km dyke will cost VNĐ640 billion ($27 million) and help cope with climate change and seawater rise, beautify the city’s urban area and foster tourism.

Kiên Giang has mobilised investment from various sources in recent years for projects to cope with climate change and natural disasters, and they have proven effective, helping improve people’s livelihoods and fostering socio-economic development, according to its People’s Committee.

It has built 37 irrigation sluices in the western sea dyke, and they are functioning effectively.

It is building 18 sluices and freshwater reservoirs on Phú Quốc and islands in Kiên Hải District, and various saltwater prevention projects along the coast in Rạch Giá City and Châu Thành and Kiên Lương districts.

It has asked the Government for funding for three urgent projects required for coping with climate change and preventing saltwater intrusion in rivers.

To cost a total of VNĐ2.85 trillion ($122 million), they include a saltwater prevention project in the western sea in Kiên Lương and Châu Thành districts, construction of 16 sluices in An Biên and An Minh districts, and building and upgrading water supply works in rural areas.  

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1192788/kien-giang-seeks-investments-for-55-projects-to-mitigate-natural-disasters.html

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Vietnamese 12th grader dies while taking part in 200m run at school

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A twelfth grader from Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam died while taking part in a 200-meter run organized by his school last weekend, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The deceased student is L.A.T., who studied in class 12A1 at Phu Cat 3 High School in Cat Hung Commune, Phu Cat District, according to Dao Duc Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Education and Training.

T. was a member of the school’s team for students who have talent for running.

On November 27, Phu Cat 3 High School organized a 200-meter run to prepare for the upcoming province-level sports competition.

T. was running when he suddenly fainted.

The school’s medical staff gave the student first aid before taking him to the commune’s medical station.

T. was given oxygen before being transferred to Binh Dinh General Hospital for emergency treatment, but he did not make it.

The local forensic agency and procuracy requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

However, the family believed that T. had died from a stroke and requested that no autopsy be carried out.

T.’s body was then taken home for funeral rites.

“Through external examinations, doctors concluded that T. was not affected by external forces during the run,” Tuan elaborated, adding that he did not collide with any other student.

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A twelfth grader from Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam died while taking part in a 200-meter run organized by his school last weekend, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The deceased student is L.A.T., who studied in class 12A1 at Phu Cat 3 High School in Cat Hung Commune, Phu Cat District, according to Dao Duc Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Education and Training.

T. was a member of the school’s team for students who have talent for running.

On November 27, Phu Cat 3 High School organized a 200-meter run to prepare for the upcoming province-level sports competition.

T. was running when he suddenly fainted.

The school’s medical staff gave the student first aid before taking him to the commune’s medical station.

T. was given oxygen before being transferred to Binh Dinh General Hospital for emergency treatment, but he did not make it.

The local forensic agency and procuracy requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

However, the family believed that T. had died from a stroke and requested that no autopsy be carried out.

T.’s body was then taken home for funeral rites.

“Through external examinations, doctors concluded that T. was not affected by external forces during the run,” Tuan elaborated, adding that he did not collide with any other student.

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Reclamation of land for Ho Chi Minh City airport’s new terminal proposed

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed the municipal People’s Committee take back 14.7 hectares of military land in Tan Binh District to accommodate the new T3 terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

In particular, the department made a proposal to reclaim the land in Wards 4, 12, and 15 of Tan Binh District from Division 370 and Brigade 918 of the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Ministry of National Defense.

The proposal was made pursuant to Article 62(2)(c) of the 2013 Land Law, stipulating the reclamation of land for the development of national traffic infrastructure projects.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment also suggested chairs of Wards 4, 12, and 15 send decisions to take back the land to Division 370 and Brigade 918.

Meanwhile, the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District will have to adopt compensation policies and hold a ceremony to receive the land and hand it over to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to build the terminal.

In addition, Division 370 and Brigade 918 should hand over the land to the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District in line with the law.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment will also submit a plan to hand over the land to the Southern Airports Authority to the municipal People’s Committee for consideration and approval.

The land reclamation decision will be uploaded on the portal of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee after being issued.

The T3 terminal project at Tan Son Nhat International Airport was approved in 2020 with an estimated price tag of nearly VND11 trillion (US$450 million), funded by the ACV.

Obstacles in the handover of the military land has slowed the execution of the project.

In July this year, the government issued a resolution to remove the obstacles, asking the Ministry of National Defense to hand over 16.05 hectares of land for the project in two phases.

In the first phase, some 14.7 hectares of land would be handed over right after the issuance of the resolution. Meanwhile, the remainder would be taken back after the settlement of Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation’s assets.

The city and relevant agencies planned to hold a ceremony to hand over the land in the first phase on October 19 but failed due to the Air Defense and Air Force Service’s disagreement.

To promptly conduct the terminal project as required by the prime minister, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 26 proposed that the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense hand over the land in the first phase so that the ACV can execute the project.

The T3 terminal project is designed to have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers. Once completed, the terminal together with the T1 and T2 terminals can serve 50 million passengers per year.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve the compensation and site clearance plan for the project soon.

Work on the terminal project is expected to start on December 15-25 if the site clearance work is favorable.

In July this year, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh required the Ministry of Transport to direct relevant agencies to complete procedures to kick off the project in the third quarter of this year and complete it in September 2024, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed the municipal People’s Committee take back 14.7 hectares of military land in Tan Binh District to accommodate the new T3 terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

In particular, the department made a proposal to reclaim the land in Wards 4, 12, and 15 of Tan Binh District from Division 370 and Brigade 918 of the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Ministry of National Defense.

The proposal was made pursuant to Article 62(2)(c) of the 2013 Land Law, stipulating the reclamation of land for the development of national traffic infrastructure projects.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment also suggested chairs of Wards 4, 12, and 15 send decisions to take back the land to Division 370 and Brigade 918.

Meanwhile, the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District will have to adopt compensation policies and hold a ceremony to receive the land and hand it over to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to build the terminal.

In addition, Division 370 and Brigade 918 should hand over the land to the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District in line with the law.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment will also submit a plan to hand over the land to the Southern Airports Authority to the municipal People’s Committee for consideration and approval.

The land reclamation decision will be uploaded on the portal of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee after being issued.

The T3 terminal project at Tan Son Nhat International Airport was approved in 2020 with an estimated price tag of nearly VND11 trillion (US$450 million), funded by the ACV.

Obstacles in the handover of the military land has slowed the execution of the project.

In July this year, the government issued a resolution to remove the obstacles, asking the Ministry of National Defense to hand over 16.05 hectares of land for the project in two phases.

In the first phase, some 14.7 hectares of land would be handed over right after the issuance of the resolution. Meanwhile, the remainder would be taken back after the settlement of Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation’s assets.

The city and relevant agencies planned to hold a ceremony to hand over the land in the first phase on October 19 but failed due to the Air Defense and Air Force Service’s disagreement.

To promptly conduct the terminal project as required by the prime minister, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 26 proposed that the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense hand over the land in the first phase so that the ACV can execute the project.

The T3 terminal project is designed to have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers. Once completed, the terminal together with the T1 and T2 terminals can serve 50 million passengers per year.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve the compensation and site clearance plan for the project soon.

Work on the terminal project is expected to start on December 15-25 if the site clearance work is favorable.

In July this year, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh required the Ministry of Transport to direct relevant agencies to complete procedures to kick off the project in the third quarter of this year and complete it in September 2024, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.

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Ho Chi Minh City’s ward to set up task force against uncontrolled waste disposal

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The administration of a ward in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, will establish a dedicated team in charge of detecting and handling cases of random garbage disposal to protect the living environment for local residents.

The An Phu Dong Ward will install cameras and set up a specialized team to monitor and check local riverbanks and canals to detect, prevent and handle cases of illegal dumping, Le Phan Quang Tien, deputy chairman of the ward People’s Committee, in District 12, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.

Such a task force is necessary as people who sneakily dispose of waste often commit their wrong act at night or early morning, when everybody is in a deep sleep, Tien said.

“In order to eliminate improper garbage disposal, we are implementing flexible and practical solutions to tighten control over environmental sanitation, including enhancing public awareness of environmental protection,” the official added. 

He emphasized that the ward will adopt a mechanism to mobilize the role of people and communities to detect and denounce acts of littering in public places.

At the same time, authorities will reward individuals and units who promptly identify and report violators, Tien stated.

Currently, there have been a lot of rubbish heaps alongside the banks of the Vam Thuat River and on roads, with rats and cockroaches running in and out, Tien Phong (Youth) reporters recorded on the site.

Except for small volumes of domestic waste, such garbage there is mainly industrial and construction waste, including broken pieces of metal, glass and electronic appliances.  

Many people even burned metal waste to get copper wires, causing smoke and dust pollution and posing risks of fire or explosion, locals complained.

“Most of the refuse here has been brought in by tricycles hired by people living in other localities,” Son, a local public utility staff, said, adding that such tricycles often came late at night to dump waste stealthily. 

Son emphasized that there are not enough forces to handle such violations.

Thao, a woman who owns a beverage shop in the riverbank area, said there were times when waste occupied roadways and travelers had to avoid them while going by.

“Recently, some residents had to spend millions of dong (VND1 million = US$41) hiring people to clean up trash heaps that are ‘as high as mountains,’ Thao said.  

She noted that authorities have caught and penalized many people who randomly disposed of waste here but the situation has yet to be improved.

Thao said locals will help local administration to drive back the situation by detecting and reporting those who commit such acts, but heavy fines should be imposed to deter wrongdoers.

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The administration of a ward in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, will establish a dedicated team in charge of detecting and handling cases of random garbage disposal to protect the living environment for local residents.

The An Phu Dong Ward will install cameras and set up a specialized team to monitor and check local riverbanks and canals to detect, prevent and handle cases of illegal dumping, Le Phan Quang Tien, deputy chairman of the ward People’s Committee, in District 12, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.

Such a task force is necessary as people who sneakily dispose of waste often commit their wrong act at night or early morning, when everybody is in a deep sleep, Tien said.

“In order to eliminate improper garbage disposal, we are implementing flexible and practical solutions to tighten control over environmental sanitation, including enhancing public awareness of environmental protection,” the official added. 

He emphasized that the ward will adopt a mechanism to mobilize the role of people and communities to detect and denounce acts of littering in public places.

At the same time, authorities will reward individuals and units who promptly identify and report violators, Tien stated.

Currently, there have been a lot of rubbish heaps alongside the banks of the Vam Thuat River and on roads, with rats and cockroaches running in and out, Tien Phong (Youth) reporters recorded on the site.

Except for small volumes of domestic waste, such garbage there is mainly industrial and construction waste, including broken pieces of metal, glass and electronic appliances.  

Many people even burned metal waste to get copper wires, causing smoke and dust pollution and posing risks of fire or explosion, locals complained.

“Most of the refuse here has been brought in by tricycles hired by people living in other localities,” Son, a local public utility staff, said, adding that such tricycles often came late at night to dump waste stealthily. 

Son emphasized that there are not enough forces to handle such violations.

Thao, a woman who owns a beverage shop in the riverbank area, said there were times when waste occupied roadways and travelers had to avoid them while going by.

“Recently, some residents had to spend millions of dong (VND1 million = US$41) hiring people to clean up trash heaps that are ‘as high as mountains,’ Thao said.  

She noted that authorities have caught and penalized many people who randomly disposed of waste here but the situation has yet to be improved.

Thao said locals will help local administration to drive back the situation by detecting and reporting those who commit such acts, but heavy fines should be imposed to deter wrongdoers.

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