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Vietnam considers shutting down polluting facilities to improve air quality

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Vietnam considers shutting down polluting facilities to improve air quality

A coal-fired power plant in Thai Binh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Chinh.


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered state agencies to monitor factory emissions and clamp down on those found to exceed dangerous levels.

Phuc called on provincial and urban authorities to immediately review and evaluate industrial plant, transport and construction emissions.

He asked law enforcement agencies to suspend operations negatively impacting the environment.

The directive mentioned the worsening air quality in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other localities, affecting socio-economic development and public health. It blamed the low air quality on large-scale construction, emissions from a large number of private vehicles, and intensive industrial activity.

It also said green urban space and water supply remains subpar, with enforcement, implementation and synchronization of air pollution controls a serious dilemma.

Natural Resources and Environment departments were urged to assist production facilities in installing automatic emission monitors, with all collected data evaluated on a daily basis.

Le Vu Tuan Anh, chief inspector of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said Vietnam Environment Administration will be implementing an inspection program of major emission sources around Hanoi should the proposal be approved.

Research conducted by Vietnamese experts showed the nation suffered between $10.8- $13.2 billion worth of economic losses associated with ambient air pollution each year, equivalent to about 5 percent of the country’s GDP.

Vietnam ranked fourth in the number of pollution-linked deaths in the Western Pacific, with an estimated 71,365 Vietnamese people losing their lives to pollution, including 50,232 to air pollution, in 2017, the latest year for which data was available, according to the Pollution and Health Metrics report by Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

Research conducted by Vietnamese experts showed the nation suffered between $10.8- $13.2 billion worth of economic losses associated with ambient air pollution each year, equivalent to about 5 percent of the country’s GDP.

Vietnam ranked fourth in the number of pollution-linked deaths in the Western Pacific, with an estimated 71,365 Vietnamese people losing their lives to pollution, including 50,232 to air pollution, in 2017, the latest year for which data was available, according to the Pollution and Health Metrics report by Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

Vietnam ranked fourth in the number of pollution-linked deaths in the Western Pacific, with an estimated 71,365 Vietnamese people losing their lives to pollution, including 50,232 to air pollution, in 2017, the latest year for which data was available, according to the Pollution and Health Metrics report by Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

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Two cars with same plate number seized after encounter on Hanoi street

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Two cars carrying the same license plate number were temporarily confiscated by police to verify a bogus license plate after they coincidentally appeared on the same street in Hanoi.

Traffic police in Hanoi on Tuesday said that police officers in Van Phuc Ward, Ha Dong District were holding two Mercedes-Benz cars with the same color, both numbered 30E-488.16, after a video showing these two automobiles traveling on Van Phuc Street in the same district had gone viral on social media on Sunday.

Police in Ha Dong District also summoned the people who claim to be the owners of the vehicles to the Van Phuc Ward police station to clarify which of the number plates was illegal.

According to a source, the number plate 30E-488.16 in the system of Vietnam Register, which is in charge of car registration and inspection, belongs to a Mercedes-Benz car produced in 2011 and was registered for the first time in March 2012.

According to the records, its owner is a limited company based in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.

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Van Don Airport in northern Vietnam reopens after one-month halt

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has approved the reopening of Van Don Airport in northern Quang Ninh Province from 6:01 am on Wednesday after one month of closure in adherence to a COVID-19 prevention mandate.

The halt of the airport was originally planned to last only one day from 12:00 pm January 28 after a case of COVID-19 transmission was confirmed in the locale earlier that day. 

However, it was extended multiple times and lasted over one month due to the complex development of the epidemic. 

On March 1, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) appealed to the Ministry of Transport to reopen Van Don Airport from 6:01 am on March 3, considering the attempt to contain COVID-19 in Quang Ninh is seeing great results.

According to the CAAV, by Monday, the Van Don Airport had been thoroughly fumigated to prepare for its resumption.

Meanwhile, all officers and workers of the airport have completed either self-isolation or concentrated quarantine, besides receiving the third negative result in COVID-19 testing by February 26.

Vehicles and functional devices at Van Don Airport have also received maintenance, while staffers for security operations and safety measures have been ensured.

Vietnam Airlines will be the first carrier to reconnect the Ho Chi Minh City – Van Don route after the airport’s reopening, with a frequency of one flight per week every Wednesday from March 3 to 17 and three flights per week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from March 18 till the end of the year.

Flights will depart from Ho Chi Minh City on 1:00 am and leave Van Don on 3:45 pm.

Vietnam has recorded 2,475 coronavirus cases as of Wednesday morning, with 1,898 recoveries and 35 virus-related fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

The Southeast Asian country had spent nearly two months detecting zero community cases before it found the first one on January 27 and confirmed it one day later.

Quang Ninh Province has reported 61 COVID-19 cases since, but it has so far gone three weeks without recording any new transmission. 

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Nigerian man sentenced to death for trafficking 4 kg of meth

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Nigerian man sentenced to death for trafficking 4 kg of meth

Ekwegbalu James Nzube stands trial in Tay Ninh Province for drug trafficking, March 2, 2021. Photo by Vietnam News Agency.


A court in the southern Tay Ninh Province sentenced a Nigerian man to death Tuesday for trafficking nearly four kilograms of methamphetamine from Cambodia.

Ekwegbalu James Nzube, 45, said he got acquainted with another Nigerian, Jone, in China in 2014, and the latter had hired him to transport drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam.

In March he came to Ho Chi Minh City before going to Cambodia to fetch the drugs for which he was paid $2,000.

But while illegally crossing the border into Vietnam last July he was caught by border guards in Tay Ninh Province.

In his rucksack they found four plastic bags with nearly four kg of meth.

Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 g of heroin or over 2.5 kg of methamphetamine face death.

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