By Vietnam News
Quang Tri province, Vietnam, February 25, 2016
The exploitation of an iron mine has caused landslide, damaging some 25ha of rice fields in Ho Hamlet, Huong Son Commune, Huong Hoa District of the in this Central Quang Tri Province.
The local authority identified an upstream iron mine, managed by Hoanh Son Industry, Trade and Services JSC, as the source of the problem.
Apart from ruining the rice fields, which have now been abandoned, sand and rubble from the mine have blocked the Khe Let stream. Moreover, vehicles transporting the iron ore have damaged a section of the road connecting the commune with Huong Hoa District.
Ho Van Sang, 35, said his family’s 0.5ha rice field, which typically provides one tonne of rice yearly, is now covered with sand and rubble.
“The coming period between crops will be very hard on my family and many others in the commune,” he said.
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