Vietnamese risk own lives when crossing railways

Many bikers and pedestrians have recklessly defied warnings and thus jeopardized their lives crossing railways in Vietnam. A collision between a train carrying about 600 passengers and a truck occurred on March 10 in the central province of Quang Tri, killing the engine driver and severely injuring four others, including the truck driver. The deadly accident happened on a railway section in Hai Lang District at 10:15 pm when the train, coded SE5, which was on its way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, crashed into a truck carrying rocks that was crossing the line. The impact cut the locomotive off from the remaining part of the train and threw three carriages, including two for passengers and one serving as a canteen, off the railroad. The accident brought the north-south railway to a standstill for almost a day and caused damage worth an estimated VND23 billion (US$1.07 million). However, the fatal crash and many other collisions happening previously have done little to raise … [Read more...]

Vietnamese risk own lives to save minutes crossing railways (photos)

Many bikers and pedestrians have recklessly defied warnings and thus jeopardized their lives crossing railways in Vietnam. A collision between a train carrying about 600 passengers and a truck occurred on March 10 in the central province of Quang Tri, killing the engine driver and severely injuring four others, including the truck driver. The deadly accident happened on a railway section in Hai Lang District at 10:15 pm when the train, coded SE5, which was on its way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, crashed into a truck carrying rocks that was crossing the line. The impact cut the locomotive off from the remaining part of the train and threw three carriages, including two for passengers and one serving as a canteen, off the railroad. The accident brought the north-south railway to a standstill for almost a day and caused damage worth an estimated VND23 billion (US$1.07 million). However, the fatal crash and many other collisions happening previously have done little to raise … [Read more...]

Cervical cancer killing 9 Vietnamese women daily: Report

At a conference held in Hanoi today to raise awareness about cervical cancer, it was revealed that nine women are dying every day in Vietnam because of the disease. Medical staff is providing guidance on reproductive health to women in Hai Lang District, Quang Tri Province. One of the main reasons for the growing incidence of the cervical cancer in Vietam is a lack of regular health check-ups. Reports at the conference, which was co-organised by the Institute for Reproductive and Family Health and the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation, also revealed that 20 out of every 100,000 Vietnamese women have the disease, and 11 of them could end up dying. One of the main reasons for the growing incidence of the disease is a lack of regular health check-ups. Besides, women living in remote areas tend to ignore the importance of this matter and do not even get vaccinated against the disease, which is largely lacking across Vietnam. "Cervical cancer is a disease that has stolen the … [Read more...]

Villagers sitting on a ticking pollution time bomb

VietNamNet Bridge – A sudden downpour on a sunny spring day sends Nguyen Mot scurrying into his house. But he is not trying to escape the rain. He darts about, shutting all the doors and windows in a vain bid to keep out the noxious odour that comes up with vapour sent up by the sudden rain. "Pesticides," he says, ruefully. Mot is a resident of Trieu Phong District in the central province of Quang Tri. "We have endured this for decades. The odour is quite light now, but it gets much stronger on hot summer days. "Higher temperatures and sudden showers create more vapour, which means much stronger smells." Nguyen Chi Nghia from Phuong Ngan Village washes his hands with water taken from a local well, which he says smells of pesticides. — VNS Photo Phuoc Buu Explaining the stink, he says: "A lot of unused pesticides left over in the local warehouse were buried in a landfill near here in Phuong Ngan Village, which is in the district's Trieu Long Commune. Mot, 72, … [Read more...]

Quang Tri grants investment license for concrete project

The People’s Committee of central coastal Quang Tri province granted an investment certificate to the My Thuy International Port Joint Venture Company to build a concrete factory in the Dong Nam Economic Zone on March 12. Construction on the 54 billion VND (2.53 million USD) factory is scheduled to be completed over 12 months across eight hectares in Hai Lang district. The factory is expected to supply 85,000 concrete products annually to Vietnam’s market, primarily for the large-scale My Thuy deep-water seaport project. The My Thuy Port is a 750 million USD project with a 4-kilometre edge-to-shore length, a 15-metre depth, and a 700-metre passageway. Once completed, it will be capable of receiving ships weighing up to 50,000 tonnes.-VNA … [Read more...]

Traffic committee urges efforts to improve Vietnam railway safety

Vietnam’s National Traffic Safety Committee on Wednesday issued a message warning about increased railway accidents and calling for more action to improve the situation. >> Train hits truck, throwing three carriages off railway, killing engine driver in Vietnam In the message, which was sent to the Ministry of Transport, the Vietnam Railways Corporation (VRC), and all local units of the committee nationwide, the committee said that railway accidents are on the rise. During the nine-day Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, from February 15 to 23, 10 accidents occurred on rail lines, leaving nine dead and three injured, the committee said, adding that most of these accidents took place at intersections between railways and roads. Most recently, a serious accident took place between a passenger train and a truck on the night of March 11 on a section of the north-south railway in Hai Lang District in the central province of Quang Tri, killing the engine driver and severely … [Read more...]

Accident postpones trains on north-south connection

Travel on the north-south railway line was interrupted for almost 20 hours on March 11 after a train hit a lorry in central Quang Tri Province on March 10 evening. An SE5 train coming from Hanoi slammed into a lorry truck at an intersection in Hai Thuong Commune in the province's Hai Lang District. The collision wrecked the truck, distorted the train and derailed three cars. It slowed train travel near the site and created congestion on National Highway 1A. The train driver died at the scene. The truck driver and three train crewmen with severe injuries were taken to a hospital in the adjacent Thua Thien - Hue Province. According to Tran Nhat Trung, director of the Viet Nam Centre for Incident Tackle and Rescue, a total of 500 staff members were deployed to assist with the aftermath. During the rescue process yesterday morning, a crane collapsed and caused more turmoil at the scene, though no additional fatalities were reported. The incident caused delays for the following … [Read more...]

Train driver is killed as train hits truck

One person was killed and three injured when a north- south train slammed into a truck in the central Quang Tri Province yesterday evening. The driver of the train died instantly, while the truck driver was among the three injured persons who were taken to Hue Central Hospital in the neighbouring Thua Thien - Hue Province. The crash wrecked the truck and derailed three coaches of the SE5 train that was travelling from Ha Noi to HCM City. Witnesses said that the accident happened at 9:41pm in Hai Lang District, after the train left the Dong Ha Station about 30km away. The truck was crossing the railway line when it was hit by the train. The provincial authorities and railway staff arrived at the accident site immediately to conduct rescue work and manage traffic. All the other passengers were sent back to Dong Ha Station. The damaged coaches were hauled to the nearby Quang Tri Station. Those who received mild injuries received medical aid at a local hospital. The drivers of both … [Read more...]

One person killed as train hits truck

One person was killed and three injured when a north- south train slammed into a truck in the central Quang Tri Province yesterday evening. The crash wrecks the truck and derails three coaches of the SE5 train that is travelling from Ha Noi to HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photos Ho Cau The driver of the train died instantly, while the truck driver was among the three injured persons who were taken to Hue Central Hospital in the neighbouring Thua Thien - Hue Province. The crash wrecked the truck and derailed three coaches of the SE5 train that was travelling from Ha Noi to HCM City. Witnesses said that the accident happened at 9:41pm in Hai Lang District, after the train left the Dong Ha Station about 30km away. The truck was crossing the railway line when it was hit by the train. The provincial authorities and railway staff arrived at the accident site immediately to conduct rescue work and manage traffic. All the other passengers were sent back to Dong Ha Station. The damaged … [Read more...]

One dead, four injured in train, truck crash in Quang Tri

One person was killed and four others seriously injured in a collision between a train and a truck in central Quang Tri Province late last night (March 10). The accident occurred at 22:30p.m as the truck entered a crossing on the North-South Railway at Thuong Xa Village, Hai Thuong Commune, Hai Lang District. Three carriages were derailed. The truck was split in two. One carriage was derailed Initial reports said the train driver was killed in the collision, which also left three passengers and the truck driver seriously injured. The truck was split in two The line was cleared by early this morning (March 11), with hundreds of passengers taken to Dong Ha Station in Thua-Thien Hue Province. A recent collision between a train running on the North-South Railway and a truck in Ham Tan District, Binh Thuan Province, resulted in serious injuries and closed the line for hours. Vietnam Railway said there were 388 railway accidents in 2014, with 161 fatalities and 256 injuries, mostly … [Read more...]

Train crash leaves one dead, four injured

The accident site (Photo: VNA) A serious traffic accident happened between a south-bound passenger train and an articulated lorry on the night of March 10, killing one and injuring four others. The force of the collision caused the driver’s cab separated from the rest and killed the driver then. Three carriages also derailed and left two train staff members and two passengers injured. The accident occurred at 10 p.m. in Hai Thuong commune, Hai Lang district in the central province of Quang Tri when the train SE5, carrying 600 passengers from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, struck the lorry trying to cross the railway. Railway authorities are currently working with Quang Tri authorities to figure out the cause of the accident as well as restoring the flow of traffic on national road 1A, which was blocked by a derailed carriage.-VNA … [Read more...]

Train hits truck, throwing three carriages off railway, killing engine driver

A collision between a train carrying about 600 passengers and a truck occurred Tuesday night in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri, killing the engineer and severely injuring four others, including the truck driver. The deadly accident happened on a railway section in Hai Lang District at 10:15 pm last night when the train, coded SE5, which was on its way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, crashed into a truck carrying rocks that was crossing the line, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper correspondents reported from the scene. The location is about 30km from the Dong Ha railway station in Quang Tri. The impact cut the locomotive off from the remaining part of the train and threw three carriages, including two for passengers and another serving as a canteen, off the railway. The train driver died inside the cabin, while the truck fell on its side. Locals rushed to the scene to rescue the victims and then called the police. A combined force of more than 100 people, including … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – March 11

Enjoy your breakfast while skimming these news items in brief on Tuoi Tre News today, March 11: Business -- T&T Group has just proposed that the Ministry of Transport should be allowed to buy Phu Quoc International Airport, located on the namesake island off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, by either purchasing the entire airport property or having the right to operate it transferred to them with the use of the current staff. The group also pledged to continue investing in the airport in five years’ time. -- At a meeting on Tuesday, Sun City Group – a corporation in Macau, China – sought permission from the Vietnamese government and the People’s Committee of Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta to build a hotel and casino on Phu Quoc Island. -- On Tuesday, a delegation from Delta Galil Industries, an Israeli textile and apparel firm, which was led by Financial Director Yosef Hajaj, worked with the People’s Committee of Binh Dinh … [Read more...]

Korea provides around USD9.7 million for Quang Tri in poverty reduction

(CPV) - Quang Tri provincial People’s Committee and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) inaugurated the "Quang Tri happiness program" on February 6th. Targeting to reduce poverty and improve local people’s living conditions in the 2014-2017 period, total capital investment of the program is USD11.6 million, in which the Government of the Republic of Korea provides around USD9.7 million in non-refundable aid. Accordingly, human resources, health care, poverty reduction and green growth are major fields of the program which is built based on the model of Korea's Saemaul Undong (New village movement). Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third from left) and representatives at the ceremony. (Photo: Tien Nhat) In Quang Tri province, the pilot program will be carried out in seven communes of Vinh Thanh (Vinh Linh district), Hai Thuong (Hai Lang district), Trieu Trach (Trieu Phong district), Cam Thuy (Cam Lo district), Thuan (Huong Hoa district), Mo o … [Read more...]

Villagers preserve old homes in Quang Tri

A small village in central Quang Tri Province has finished work on preserving some 50 houses featuring meticulously sculpted beams and pillars, despite many of them being damaged during the American War. The houses, standing up to five metres in height, were restored by residents of Hoi Ky Village, which was first settled in the 15th century and is now in Hai Chanh Commune in Hai Lang District. Nearly 20 of the wooden houses feature meticulously sculpted pillars and beams, and are prized by villages for their special cultural and architectural value. Carefully trimmed trees serve as fence Houses have sculpted pillars and beams, and stand from 4.5m to 5m high The old houses feature three rooms, one for the family altar, one serving as a living room, and the third as a bed room, with two lean-tos to increase habitable space Meticulous sculpting Houses often made from jackfruit wood, peck wood, and some precious wood. Pillars often has a diameter of from 20 to 30cm each. … [Read more...]

Famous ginger jam village in central Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Several weeks before the lunar New Year, the ginger jam-producing village in Hai Chanh commune in Quang Tri province has entered its busiest time of the year. The village has been making ginger jam for many decades to provide for the central region. With 35-40 households (about 200 people) producing ginger jam, the village supplies the market with 70-80 tons per year. Locals have their own secret to create the special taste. According to villagers, ginger must be high quality, boiled with lemon juice and rinsed to have a nice color. Cutting the ginger requires skilled workers, to ensure that the slices are long and beautiful. Meanwhile, the stage of drying ginger with sugar needs high concentration. Ginger pots are moved constantly over cookers with different temperatures. Although villagers have done this craft for only a month, the income is enough for a good Tet. "For every ton of finished jam, workers earn VND5-7 million of … [Read more...]

Boating along O Lau River

Nguyen Dang Ky The boat then arrived at the junction of O Lau and Thac Ma rivers. These two rivers flow from the west of Phong Dien District to the east, crossing National Highway 1A at Cau Nhi Bridge on the O Lau River and My Chanh Bridge on the My Chanh River and meeting in Hai Lang in Quang Tri Province. From there, the river receives O Giang and Vinh Dinh tributaries before pouring into Tam Giang Lagoon, which is renowned nationwide. We sailed down the O Lau River. Along the banks are peaceful wharves shaded by bamboo clusters, here and there dotted with lotus ponds. The more we traveled down, the narrower the river became. Our boat arrived in Van Trinh where the O Lau River meets the Vinh Dinh River before flowing into Tam Giang Lagoon. At the section the river became wider, tourists could hear bustling sound from fishing boats of the residents of Tam Giang Lagoon from afar. Our boar sailed to Dai Loc where a big market used to be formed in the old days by traders along … [Read more...]

Quang Tri residents at risk from contaminated water

VietNamNet Bridge – The authorities in the central Quang Tri Province have made a list of 52 areas that are heavily contaminated with pesticides leaking from unused warehouses. The pollutants have been leaking directly into sources for water used daily by the local people for decades. — Photo tinmoitruong The pollutants have been leaking directly into sources for water used daily by the local people for decades. The local department of natural resources and environment last week tested groundwater samples taken from the areas and found high levels of pesticides. The department's report also affirmed that most of the residents in the contaminated areas used water from wells for their daily needs. Following reports by a local newspaper, the department investigated and found that there were several warehouses that used prohibited pesticides and were located inside residential areas in the province. Some of the warehouses were located inside kindergartens and primary … [Read more...]

1968 General Offensive and Uprising puts an end to US Joint Warfare

PANO – As of the beginning of 1968, US combat troops in South Vietnam mounted to nearly 480,000 and troops of US allies’ armies totaled 68,800. The figure of US troops excluded those who garrisoned in US bases in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines, and served in the 7th Fleet and 6th Fleet. Meanwhile, the number of the Saigon Army’s troops continuously increased. With its large numbers of combat troops and modern weapons and vehicles, the enemy launched many operations to find and decimate our forces across the South Battlefield, particularly the enemy’s large-scale operations in the dry seasons of 1965-1966 and 196-1967. However, their operations did not gain their expected success. After two years from 1965 to 1967, the enemy lost the initiative in the battlefield: while they conducted offensives and attacks in 1965, after two years in late 1967, they had to draw to passive defense. Meanwhile, as our army and people achieved many significant victories, the … [Read more...]

Christmas atmosphere throughout nation

VGP – Millions of people flocked to the streets and headed to Catholic churches to celebrate the Christmas Eve across the country. People flock to the Church in the center of Da Nang City to celebrate the Christmas Eve As the procession of the Infant Jesus statute begins, rains were falling A glistening scene in La Vang Parish, Hai Lang District in the central province of Quang Tri Persistent rains cannot prevent people from converging on Phu Cam Church in Hue city of the central province of Thua Thien - Hue A jubilant atmosphere at the Grand Church in Hai Phong City In Thanh Hoa province An in Nghe An province In front of the Ha Noi Cathedal also known as Saint Joseph's Cathedral, was inaugurated on Christmas Day 1886 Many streets are jammed as the Christmas Eve is a big party Many people celebrate the Christmas Eve by taking pictures and enjoying the Christmas decorations By Huong Giang … [Read more...]