Alarming pollution in outskirt districts

More enterprises to cause environmental pollution have sought suburban districts to release waste, however, industrialization process has turned remote districts into crowded areas so industrial wastes from enterprises are destroying residents’ health.

Harmful smoke of a dumping ground in ward Long Binh gives  out (Photo: SGGP)

Many traditional brick-kilns in wards Long Binh and Long Thanh district 9 haunted pedestrians and members of households near by. Black thick columns of smoke released everyday and roofs and trees are covered with smoke.

In addition, wastes of these brick-kilns have covered streets of the wards. Take Nguyen Xien Street as an example. People have to wear face masks because dust from brick-kilns, cement and plastics workshops flies in the air.

Inhabitants Le Thi Lua and Nguyen Thi Tuoi said they had to close all doors but food and beverages are still covered with dust and they inhaled unpleasant smell.

Likewise, residents in communes Pham Van Hai, Tan Nhut and Le Minh Xuan near by the Le Minh Xuan Industrial Zone also live with pollution. The polluted areas have many canal systems which used to be clean and fish and shrimp ca live but they disappeared now. Inhabitants are in despair because they can’t grow any trees or feed animal. Somebody who tried to catch fish or crab will suffer ulcerated skin.

Angry with the raised pollution level, the locals and France’s Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City sent a letter to relevant agencies for help. But the circumstance has not been improved. While waiting for involvement of the government, people stopped trucks of kilns and factories from entering the street.

By staff writers - Translated by Anh Quan

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