Northern mountainous region suffers water shortage

Provinces in the northern mountain regions including Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Yen Bai and Hoa Binh are experiencing severe water shortages. This man has to travel tens of kilometers to take water from a public water tank for his family (Photo: SGGP) Muong Khuong District in Lao Cai Province is experiencing the worst drought. Local residents living in the limestone geography must carry water 10 kilometers in Din Chin and Ta Gia Khau Commune. It takes the whole day to get 20 liters at public water tanks or rivulets in the mountain. The two communes have only 3-4 rivulets which run very slowly, said Sung A Tra. Over 1,000 residents experience water shortage and losing 500 hectares of corn grounds. Residents enter the forest in search for water sources from March to May every year in Bat Xat, Muong Khuong, Si Ma Cai and Bac Ha District, said the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Lao Cai Province. Besides cold snaps, local … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 21/3

Ha Noi blogger to spend 15 months in jail for slander Ha Noi blogger Pham Viet Dao has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing his rights to freedom and democracy. The court ruled that his actions had infringed upon State interests, rights and legitimate interests of organisations or citizens under Article 258 of the Penal Code. The jail term will starts from the date he was detained on June 13, 2013, the court ruled. The indictment read that Dao, 62, residing in Buoi ward, Tay Ho district, authored three blogs -Phamvietdao3.blogspot.com, Phamvietdao4.blogspot.com and Chientranhtrungviet.blogspot.com - on which he posted 91 articles slandering the Party and State. At the yesterday's trial in the capital city, Dao admitted his guilt, saying his actions were a result of a lack of awareness of the law. He promised not to repeat his actions. Dao has 15 days to appeal the verdict. 200kg of black coral seized in Quang … [Read more...]

Chilly weather upturns life in northern region

The bitter cold wave has extended for 12 more days in the northern region, resulting in students not attending schools, thousands of residents being rushed to hospitals, and hundreds of cattle dying from the frost and chill. Several people have been hospitalized due to the cold in the northern and northern region (Photo: SGGP) Several hospitals in provinces like Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Cao Bang and Lang Son and Hanoi City are crowded with patients, who have to now camp along corridors and stairways because there is no other space left. Nguyen Quoc Anh, director of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, said that the number of people coming for health checks and treatment has surged to 3,500 a day. The hospitals are working overtime to cope with the huge numbers of patients. Several schools sent nursery and primary students back to their homes after temperatures plunged below 10 degrees celsius, causing at least one of their parents to take leave to look after the children. Along streets in … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 21/3

Ha Noi blogger to spend 15 months in jail for slander Ha Noi blogger Pham Viet Dao has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing his rights to freedom and democracy. The court ruled that his actions had infringed upon State interests, rights and legitimate interests of organisations or citizens under Article 258 of the Penal Code. The jail term will starts from the date he was detained on June 13, 2013, the court ruled. The indictment read that Dao, 62, residing in Buoi ward, Tay Ho district, authored three blogs -Phamvietdao3.blogspot.com, Phamvietdao4.blogspot.com and Chientranhtrungviet.blogspot.com - on which he posted 91 articles slandering the Party and State. At the yesterday's trial in the capital city, Dao admitted his guilt, saying his actions were a result of a lack of awareness of the law. He promised not to repeat his actions. Dao has 15 days to appeal the verdict. 200kg of black coral seized in Quang … [Read more...]

Project on water management in river basins slated for September

A project to enhance the capacity of water environment management in river basins will be launched in several cities and provinces this September, as heard at a seminar in Hanoi on April 15. The project will cover the development of macro management tools as well as improving the capacity to draft laws and policies concerned and their enforcement under the management of the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), said Project Manager Ichiro Adachi. It will be piloted in the Cau River basin in the northern provinces of Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Thai Nguyen as well as the Dong Nai River basin in southern Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces. Initially, working groups will take charge of defining visions, goals, strategies and water quality standards, calculating the existing and future level of pollution based on respective socio-economic development plans and holding educational campaigns about the cause. Nguyen Thi Thanh My from the Ho Chi Minh City Department … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – April 15

Enjoy your breakfast while skimming these brief news items on Tuoi Tre News today, April 15 Society -- Nguyen Danh Duyen, vice general director of the Hanoi branch of state-run Vietnamese electricity giant Vietnam Electricity (EVN) ensured at a Tuesday meeting that residents in Hanoi will not have outages intended to facilitate repairs in times when the temperature exceeds 36 degrees Celsius. -- A raging blaze broke out at around 3.45 pm on Tuesday at a 1,000-m2 warehouse packed with clothing scraps in Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Chanh District. Over 200 firefighters promptly arrived at the scene in over 20 fire trucks to combat the fire. The inferno was put out at around 7:00 pm the same day. -- Leaders of the HCMC Department of Information and Communications told the media on Tuesday that since the department keeps a better check to stall junk and fraudulent text messages, which has been a perennial grievance for cellphone users, the situation has improved. According to the … [Read more...]

Hefty fines of $51,000 for Vietnamese duo selling gemstone found in their farm

The chalcedony gemstone block seized in Dak Nong Province. Photo: Phan Ba Dak Nong police have proposed hefty fines against a farmer and his neighbor for attempting to sell a massive semi-precious gemstone found in his coffee farm in February. Nguyen Chi Thanh and his neighbor Truong Quoc Hao should be fined VND550 million (US$25,540) each for excavating and transporting the 30-metric-ton raw gemstone, according to a statement police have sent to the provincial government. They also proposed bringing the semi-precious gemstone, identified as chalcedony, to the Dak Nong Museum for display. Earlier on February 10, Nguyen Chi Thanh reportedly discovered a large block of chalcedony while digging a lake at his coffee farm in the Central Highlands province. The block, weighing about 30 tons, is believed to be the largest of its kind ever found in Dak Nong. Thanh, assuming that he had the ownership to the stone, decided to sold it for VND70 million to Hao, who then paid for the … [Read more...]

Dong Thap province deploys climate change resilient and sustainable livelihood project

Accordingly, Dong Thap proposed seven sub-projects including construction of monitoring systems, early warning of floods, flows and water quality in the upstream of Tien River; building infrastructure for aquaculture in floods season in the province of Dong Thap with about 40,000 hectares; improving flood drainage and environmental sanitation in urban areas of the province. On the morning of April 8, World Bank’s delegation, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have paid a working meeting with Dong Thap provincial People’s Committee on the implementation of climate change resilient and sustainable livelihood in Mekong Delta project. Dong Thap Province is committed to collaborate and agree on the contents of the project with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the World Bank to ensure that projects are implemented efficiently and bring out tangible … [Read more...]

Vietnam to build National Communication under UNFCC

Speaking at the seminar, Nguyen Khac Hieu, Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change said that implementing the obligations of the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Vietnam is building the third National Communication which is supported by the the Global Environment Fund through United Nations Environment Programme. In the morning of April 10 in Hanoi, Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change organized a seminar on consultation of the preparedness for the third National Communication under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change." Currently, the third initial national communication has been completed. In March 2015, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has submitted the draft to the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Then, on April 8, the Ministry of Planning and Investment called for consultations from relevant ministries and agencies. As planned, the 3rd … [Read more...]

Sea and Island Week 2015 take place in Quang Ngai

The main activities include a meeting to celebrate the World Oceans Day and Vietnam Sea and Islands Week in My Khe Beach, Quang Ngai City, performances, exhibitions of the Vietnam sea, islands. Also, Quang Ngai will organize a conference to promote seas and islands economic investment. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has decided to hold the Sea and Island Week 2015 themed "Healthy oceans, healthy planet" in Quang Ngai Province from June 5 to June 7. The theme of the week in Vietnam will be "ocean Blue, green Planet". The Vietnam Sea and Islands Week is an annual activity, aimed at raising public awareness of the function, role and special importance of seas and oceans, the sustainable development of oceans and the minimization of the adverse impacts of climate change on Vietnam and the world as well. … [Read more...]

Disaster warning system for northeast approved

VietNamNet Bridge – The Government has approved a project to modernise the natural disaster warning and forecast system at the northeastern region's hydro-meteorological centre, with the help of non-refundable aid from South Korea. A meteorologist checks weather forecasting equipment. The Government has approved a South Korean-funded project to modernise the natural disaster warning system at the northeastern region's hydro-meteorological centre. The project aims to improve hydro-meteorological monitoring and forecasting by upgrading the centre's infrastructure and providing intensive training for personnel. The project is expected to take 36 months, with investment of US$3.97 million from South Korea and more than VND9.66 billion ($46,000) from the Vietnamese Government. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to collect opinions from the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Finance on the … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – April 14

Briefs on some of the leading news stories published on Tuesday (April 14) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper: Politics -- Authorities in the southern province of Long An inaugurated Monday a statue of Can Giuoc righteous men, who were farmers resisting the French colonialists before 1945. The VND29 billion (US$1.35 million) project includes a park and statue located on an area of 3,100 square meters in the center of Can Giuoc Town. Society -- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has made a field trip to the south-central province of Ninh Thuan and agreed to resume the construction of the Tan My reservoir that will be able to contain 210 million cubic meters of water. -- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed setting up a team, including officials from that ministry, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Construction, and the Ministry of Transport, to inspect a construction project by the bank of the Dong Nai River in Bien Hoa City in … [Read more...]

Vietnamese incinerators create deadly dioxin gases

VietNamNet Bridge – Many incinerators in Viet Nam are discharging high amount of dioxins into the environment, according to a new research. The research was carried out by the project titled Environmental Remediation in Dioxin Contaminated Hotspots in Viet Nam organised by the Office of National Steering Committee 33, the body in charge of handling the consequences of toxic chemicals used by the United States during the war in Viet Nam and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). The research results were extracted in a report on the dioxin contamination in the environment of Viet Nam issued in November last year. "In this report, Viet Nam admits for the first time that there's dioxin discharged from industrial activities besides dioxin left from the war," Le Ke Son, director of the project and former deputy head of Environment Agency under the MONRE, was quoted by Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper as saying. Incinerators that burn industrial and medical waste … [Read more...]

Social News 13/4

Five fishermen rescued off coast of Da Nang Five Vietnamese fishermen were rescued on Saturday off the coast of Da Nang after their boat lost power at sea. The fishing boat, from Binh Dinh Province, was adrift for hours after the engine broke down on the seas off Da Nang around 3am. A search and rescue ship was sent and found the fishing ship six hours later, before taking the fishermen and the boat safety home on Saturday evening. The crew members were unharmed. Food firm found guilty of unhygienic practise Investigation by the Viet Nam Food Administration under the Ministry of Health has shown that the Phu Nhat Hao Catering Company did not ensure food hygiene and safety, said Nguyen Hung Long, deputy director of the administration. The Phu Nhat Hao Company, in the southern province of Binh Duong, used the same vehicle to carry waste as it did to transport food to schools, Long said. On April 9, 16 students at Vo Thi Sau Primary School were hospitalised after having meals … [Read more...]

Social News 12/4

WB project helps Hanoi cut red tape surrounding land use rights Hanoi has accelerated the process of granting land use rights, with more than 40,500 certificates issued for commercial housing projects in 2014. The result is attributable to the implementation of the World Bank-funded Vietnam Land Administration Project (VLAP) across Dan Phuong, Quoc Oai and Ung Hoa districts since 2008. To date, the project has processed the registration for 404,481 out of 454,480 local plots and granted 260,418 land use rights certificates. The VLAP aims to increase stakeholder access to land information services by developing an improved land administration system in selected provinces. The objective is to ensure that land users, including businesses and households, have access to more efficient, reliable, and transparent services from local land administrators. The municipal VLAP management board is completing a package deal to build digital data for all plots across 66 participating communes and … [Read more...]

Study finds large dioxin emissions from waste treatment plants

Many incinerators that burn industrial and medical waste in Vietnam are discharging dangerous amounts of dioxin, some at 5,000 times the safe limit, according to a new research. Le Ke Son, the lead researcher and a former official at the environment ministry, said the report is the first time "Vietnam admits that there’s dioxin discharged from industrial activities besides from dioxin left from the war." The research was conducted by Steering Committee 33, a national committee set up to mitigate the effects of toxic chemicals used by the US during the Vietnam war, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Dioxin, one of the most toxic and persistent compounds which can leave impacts including cancer through generations, can be inhaled or digested. Environmental group Greenpeace has said it is the most toxic manmade chemical ever identified. Researchers said dioxin in sewage sludge can easily be absorbed into food through soil and water. Incinerators are … [Read more...]

Study finds large dioxin emissions from Vietnam’s waste treatment plants

At a waste treatment plant in southern Vietnam. Photo credit: chinhphu.vn Many incinerators that burn industrial and medical waste in Vietnam are discharging dangerous amounts of dioxin, some at 5,000 times the safe limit, according to a new research. Le Ke Son, the lead researcher and a former official at the environment ministry, said the report is the first time "Vietnam admits that there’s dioxin discharged from industrial activities besides from dioxin left from the war." The research was conducted by Steering Committee 33, a national committee set up to mitigate the effects of toxic chemicals used by the US during the Vietnam War, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Dioxin, one of the most toxic and persistent compounds which can leave impacts including cancer through generations, can be inhaled or digested. Environmental group Greenpeace has said it is the most toxic manmade chemical ever identified. Researchers said dioxin in sewage sludge can … [Read more...]

Social News 9/4

Baby bear to arrive at rescue centre tomorrow A six-month-old sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) will arrive at the Viet Nam Bear Rescue Centre tomorrow after having been rescued by AnimalsAsia. The baby sun bear, weighing 15 kilograms, was rescued in late February from poachers by forest rangers in the northern mountains of the Dien Bien Province's Nam Po District. It was then moved to the centre for further care. AnimalsAsia is committed to helping it integrating with other sun bears at the centre. The life span of a sun bear is about 30 to 35 years. Road accident kills three, injures three A road accident killed three and injured three more on National Highway 14B after a collision between a minivan and a truck near Dai Loc District in Quang Nam Province yesterday. Police said initial reports indicated the minivan was travelling at a high speed when one of the tires burst. The driver lost control and crashed into a truck which was parked on the side the road. Local residents … [Read more...]

Experts encourage VN to recycle, reuse waste

VietNamNet Bridge – Several foreign countries recycle and reuse waste to protect the environment and save natural resources, but this has not received the attention it merits in Viet Nam, environmental experts said. Statistics from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) reveal that the country discharges some 28.5 million tonnes of solid waste every year, as well as some 19 million tonnes of domestic solid waste. Further, the volume of waste in urban areas across the country increases by 10 per cent every year. Ha Noi alone discharges about 6,500 tonnes of domestic solid waste every day, whereas HCM City releases more than 7,000 tonnes of waste daily. According to environmental experts, 50 to 70 per cent of this waste can be recycled. However, only a limited amount of waste is recycled at present, even though sufficient funds are available for its transport and treatment. For instance, HCM City spends hundreds of billions of dong per year on treating … [Read more...]

Remote sensing technology applied to manage marine environmental resources

(VOVworld) – The National Remote Sensing Department, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, has completed a project to monitor sea and island resources using remote sensing technology. Fishing boats in Ca Mau Province. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is developing a project using remote sensing technology to study and monitor the marine environment and resources (Photo: VNA) This is part of a master plan to survey and mange marine environmental resources since 2010 with a vision towards 2020. The remote sensing technology is able to provide accurate information in the fastest way, and covering a larger space. Remote sensing technology and satellite imagery are more effective methods for Vietnam, with its long coastlines and many islands. The project has established a database to draw up geographical maps for Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes and other coastal areas and emerging islets. … [Read more...]