A severe landslide along a 100 metre stretch of the Tien River bank in An Giang Province at 8am on Tuesday put at least 14 houses precariously balanced and ready to slip into the river at any time, some faced with several dangerous cracks that occurred soon after the landslide.
|Part of a house that collapsed along Tien River bank in An Giang Province on May 29 (Photo: laodong)|
The landslide occurred in Phu An Commune in Tan Phu District, slicing off 5-15 metres of inland area. Fortunately, local authorities were timely warned and all affected households were evacuated.
On the same afternoon, authorities in the commune and district had helped residents take apart houses and remove furniture and other belongings from vulnerable areas, prior to the landslide.
A new crevice has formed along the river bank; further threatening tens of other houses.
According to the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the landslide was caused by the fast current of the river that created eddies along the edges, which eventually cut the river bank.
The landslide along the Hau River bank in Long Xuyen City could possibly broaden its belt area and authorities in An Giang Province have now issued an emergency warning to residents living along the 400 metre stretch of the river bank.