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Review finds threatened langur species in mountain in southern Vietnam

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Seven groups of black-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes), an endangered species, are living in Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam, according to a local review.

The People’s Committee of Dong Nai announced the result of the review, of which the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development took charge, on Friday.

The seven groups include around 159 to 192 black-shanked douc langurs, which have grown well and are in the expanding stage of population growth.

In particular, each herd has adult and semi-adult males and females, juveniles, and newborns. 

Officers also noticed the langurs’ separating from their original herd and merging into a new group during the review process.

A pregnant black-shanked douc langur is spotted in Chua Chan Mountain, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. Photo: V. Dung / Tien Phong

A pregnant black-shanked douc langur is spotted in Chua Chan Mountain, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. Photo: V. Dung / Tien Phong

In addition, the officers identified 154 plant species that are food for the black-shanked douc langurs, accounting for 48.7 percent of the total plant species in the reviewed area. 

The langurs do not eat bark, other animals, and insects.

The related departments of Dong Nai have proposed a number of urgent solutions for conserving these rare packs of langurs.

Chua Chan Mountain, also known as Gia Ray or Gia Lao Mountain, is the second-highest mountain in Vietnam’s southeastern region after Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, with an altitude of 837 meters.

It is one of the charming and unique landscapes in Dong Nai and an attractive tourist destination for nature exploration. 

The mountain has been recognized as a national scenic relic since 2012.

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Hanoi streets flooded by massive rainstorm

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A downpour with a massive volume of rain battered Hanoi on Monday evening and resulted in large-scale flooding that lasted until late at night.

Information from the Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Company showed that the downpour lashed the capital city from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, while showers lingered until late at night.

The highest rainfall was recorded at 245 millimeters in Dong Anh District, while rain volumes of 115 to 190 millimeters were reported in Bac Tu Liem, Nam Tu Liem, and Cau Giay Districts.

People travel in heavy rain on a street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

People travel in heavy rain on a street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

The rain caused serious flooding on many streets in multiple districts.

Among them, streets such as Thuy Khue, Do Duc Duc, Vuong Thua Vu, Nguyen Trai, Hoa Bang, Phan Van Truong, Minh Khai, and Hoa Bang were submerged under rainwater as high as 0.2-0.3 meters.

The inundation posed a lot of challenges for commuters as it caused numerous motorbikes and cars to break down.

A resident pushes a broken-down motorbike on a flooded street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

A resident pushes a broken-down motorbike on a flooded street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

On Thanh Nien Street, a tree was uprooted by strong gusts and fell onto a car, but no one was harmed in the incident.

The flooding was so serious that multiple streets in Cau Giay, Nam Tu Liem, Tay Ho, Ba Dinh, and Ha Dong Districts were still submerged as of Monday night.

Traffic congestion and flooding occur at the Lieu Gia-Dao Tan Intersection in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Traffic congestion and flooding occur at the Lieu Giai-Dao Tan Intersection in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Hanoi is still submerged as of 9:20 pm on July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Hanoi was still submerged as of 9:20 pm on July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

A resident rides a motorbike on a flooded street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

A resident rides a motorbike on a flooded street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Motorbikes break down due to the serious flooding in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Motorbikes break down due to the serious flooding in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Motorbikes break down due to the serious flooding in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Motorbikes break down due to the serious flooding in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

An uprooted tree falls on a car on Thanh Nien Street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

An uprooted tree falls on a car on Thanh Nien Street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

A serious traffic jam in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

A serious traffic jam in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Employees of the Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Company are mobilized to alleviate the flooding, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Employees of the Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Company are mobilized to alleviate the flooding, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

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Hanoi to build $4.3mn road tunnel through Red River dyke

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The Hanoi People’s Committee has approved the feasibility report for a project to develop a road tunnel passing through the Red River dyke system and Tran Quang Khai Street in Hoan Kiem District with at an estimated cost of VND100 billion (US$4.3 million).

As per the feasibility report, the road tunnel project, connecting Tran Nguyen Han and Chuong Duong Do Streets, will allow both pedestrians and vehicles to pass through when it is in place. 

The project is expected to help ease traffic congestion in the area and ensure safety for road users.

The investor of the project is the People’s Committee of Hoan Kiem District. 

The tunnel project was designed to be 18.25 meters wide, 3.2 meters high, and 15.7 meters long.

The outside of the body and arches of the tunnel will be decorated to match the surrounding architecture.

Two lanes of the elevated section of Tran Quang Khai Street passing through the peak of the tunnel will be expanded. 

The elevated section of the street will be connected to Chuong Duong Do Street and a section of Tran Quang Khai Street on the ground. 

The project will be conducted from 2022 to 2024.

The tunnel project was originally meant to be completed on October 10, 2019 to celebrate the capital’s liberation (October 10, 1954) when the People’s Committee of Hoan Kiem District was chosen as the investor in 2018. 

On October 19, 2015, the Hanoi administration issued a statement negotiating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the design of the tunnel project linking Tran Nguyen Han and Chuong Duong Do Streets. 

The project was planned to be mainly developed southward to minimize site clearance.

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Construction waste dumping recurs in Hanoi

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Waste from construction projects is being abandoned without permission at vacant lots in many districts across Hanoi as the issue remains unresolved.

The waste varies from debris and rocks to used furniture.

Wherever it piles up, household waste follows suit just a few days later.

“On sunny days, the stench permeates my store, while on rainy days, the dumped garbage bags float on the road,” said Nguyen Hoang Anh, the 42-year-old owner of a beer store on Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Cau Giay District. 

“We tried to find the litterers but could not catch them because they often dump the waste before dawn when few people are on the street.”

Construction waste is dumped at an empty field along Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Cau Giay District, Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Construction waste is dumped at an empty field along Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Cau Giay District, Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

It is not only the empty land on Duong Dinh Nghe Street and those belonging to the nearby Nam Trung residential area, but many other vacant lots in Ba Dinh, Nam Tu Liem, Bac Tu Liem, and Hoang Mai Districts have also been forced into garbage dumps by litterers.

Hang, who has worked as a sanitation worker in Hanoi for ten years, said that she and her colleagues had no choice but to collect the dumped construction waste though that is not a part of their job.

“There are days that we have to collect several metric tons of construction waste,” Hang said.

“But that is without extra pay.”

Construction waste is dumped at an empty field along Pham Hung Street in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Construction waste is dumped at an empty field along Pham Hung Street in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

“Hanoi still does not have a construction waste treatment plant,” a representative of the municipal construction department told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper during a discussion on Monday.

The process of handling construction waste includes crushing them, with the authorities still pondering how to use the output of the crushing stage, according to the officer.

Sanitation workers collect construction waste in Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Sanitation workers collect construction waste in Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

In the meantime, the municipal People’s Committee has passed the responsibility of tackling construction waste dumping down to district-level administrations.

While newspapers have often reported the dumping and had district-level leaders pledge to solve the issue, piles of construction waste reappear every time.

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