Friday , July 12 2024

Drainage project cracks 14 houses


Dozens of families in southern Binh Duong Province are living in fear as their houses have developed large cracks and tilts, posing high risk of collapse under the impact of a drainage project.

The project, which started in May last year and is slated for completion this year, aims at renovating a 350-m long section of Thay Nang Canal along Thich Quang Duc Street in Thu Dau Mot City, around 30 km from HCMC.

Work includes building a drainage system and a rock-lined embankment along the street.

Costing VND172 billion (US$7 million) of the state budget and managed by the province’s Management Board of Agricultural and Rural Development Projects, it is said to help drain water and thus save a residential area of 435 hectares from flooding every times it rains heavily, as well as refurbish the public landscape.

An excavator at the construction site of a project to renovate Thay Nang Canal along Thich Quang Duc Street in Thu Dau Mot City of Binh Duong Province, January 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan

An excavator at the construction site of a project to renovate Thay Nang Canal along Thich Quang Duc Street in Thu Dau Mot City of Binh Duong Province, January 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan

However, after the construction unit started the embankment construction, more than 10 houses nearby have experienced wall cracks and subsidence.

Pointing to a crack in her house, Vo Thi Dao, 59, said since the construction of the sewer system, the first floor of her house started to have cracks and the situation has kept getting worse.

“I am very scared now that the house could collapse at any moment. The authorities should work with the project owner to compensate us,” she said.

Vo Thi Dao stands inside her cracked house in Thu Dau Mot City of Binh Duong Province, January 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan

Vo Thi Dao stands inside her cracked house in Thu Dau Mot City of Binh Duong Province, January 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan

Dao’s neighbors face similar issues.

In some cases, the cracks have split the walls of two adjacent houses while fence gates and doors can no longer close properly due to the misaligned walls.

Tran Tan Phi Hung, a resident in the ward, said the project’s manager had inspected the area and asked the affected households to take photos of the cracks, but so far has yet to make further responses.

“Most of the affected families are poor and don’t know what to do next,” he said.

Vu Tien Son, director Management Board of Agricultural and Rural Development Projects, said so far, 14 houses have been affected by the project.

“We are coordinating with the insurance firm for a compensation plan,” he said.

Tran Si Nam, vice chairman of Thu Dau Mot City, said the city had sent officials to assess the situation.

The authorities will work with the management board on remedial solutions.

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