Life of more than 1,000 families in Cao Xanh Ward in Ha Long City are being threatened by illegal coal mining which has destroyed their houses.
Thousands of residents in Doi Che Town have been living in broken houses besides large deadly holes for the past six years caused by illegal mining activities.
A large deadly hole in Cao Xanh Ward
According to local people, the holes appeared in June 2011 and the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) was then tasked with fixing them. However, nothing has been done to provide support to local people.
The house of Tran Duc Gioi has walls that are broken in several places but his family still have to live in with fear.
Although Quang Ninh Province has approved several infrastructure projects in the area, they are still waiting for the Vinacomin to fill all the deadly sinkholes. Meanwhile, a representative from the Vinacomin said that they did not have enough money for the work.
Another local man, Phan Mau Khoa does not dare to move in his newly-built house due to the many cracks.
According to the Quang Ninh Province People's Committee, they have spent some VND100 billion to help evacuate 104 families whose houses were heavily damaged. There are now nearly 1,000 still living in danger.
The committee's vice chairman, Dang Huy Hau said that they will try to remove the rest soon following a recent instruction from Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai.
Many houses have been abandoned.