5,000 people evacuated at risk of Dak Kar hydropower dam collapse

The functional agencies urgently evacuated around 5,000 people near the downstream areas of Dak Kar hydropower dam in order to minimize relentless damages at imminent risk of the hydropower dam collapse.

Dak Nong province faces imminent risk of the hydropower dam collapse.

Dak Nong province faces imminent risk of the hydropower dam collapse.

Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dak R’Lap District under Dak Nong province reported that water level at the Dak Kar hydropower reservoir this morning dropped down 2.5 meters compared to subsurface dam due to low rainfall. 

Dak Kar is a large hydropower plant adjacent to Dak Nong and Binh Phuoc provinces. If the hydropower dam is collapsed, its consequences will seriously affect to thousands of downstream households in Binh Phuoc province.

Amid the risk, the engineers have been watching over the reservoir safety hour by hour, the rescuers are ready to use all ways and equipment to deal with incidents in case of hydropower dam collapse.

There are four communes of Dong Nai, Phu Son, Phuoc Son and Ha Dang in Binh Phuoc province located in the downstream area of Dak Kar hydropower dam. 

5,000 people evacuated at risk of Dak Kar hydropower dam collapse ảnh 1 The rescuers are ready to use all ways and equipment to deal with incidents in case of hydropower dam collapse
Currently, around 5,000 people near the downstream area of Dak Kar hydropower dam are displaced to safer areas. 

The People’s Committee of Dak Nong province reported that the Dak Kar hydropower system with a designed capacity of 13 million meters cubic is under construction; however, its discharge valves are at fault, causing a rise of the water level.

Additionally, excessive rainfall triggered serious landslide at the foot of the Dak Kar hydropower dam, threatening to life of thousands of households in Dak Nong, Binh Phuoc and Lam Dong downstream places. 

Earlier, the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control released an urgent telegraph to cope with incidents at the Dak Kar hydropower dam, asking the local government to quickly evacuate residents out of the dangerous areas.



BY DONG NGUYEN- Translated by Huyen Huong

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