A man died of brain injury Sunday after a big tree uprooted and fell on his vehicle in Ho Chi Minh City. Tu Minh Khai, 25, succumbed to traumatic brain injury and excessive bleeding at 6.40 p.m., doctors at Cho Ray Hospital said. Khai was driving in An Duong Vuong St. in Dist. 5 when the tree, a dipterocarpus alatus, suddenly uprooted and fell across the road, hitting three houses and dozens of vehicles, causing great damages. Most drivers managed to flee, but Khai was knocked down on the street by the branches. The unconscious man was rushed to Cho Ray Hospital but doctors couldn't save him. It took workers from the HCMC Parks and Trees Company a couple of hours to remove the tree. A representative of the company said it "expressed deep and heartfelt condolence" to the family of Khai's, and would negotiate a compensation with the victim's family. … [Read more...] about Man killed after tree falls on his bike in HCMC
When great trees fall
Heavy rains together with whirlwinds over the past several days have uprooted many old trees in Ho Chi Minh City, causing great concern among residents. This situation has created a need to improve the care of trees, particularly old ones. Since the start of the rainy season, more than 250 tree branches have broken off. Of these, 50 were involved in old trees. So far this season, 110 trees uprooted, including four old trees, according to the city's Public Park & Greenery Company. On various streets, trees are likely to fall at any time. One such tree is at the entrance of city's Police Headquarters and another is at the crossing of Nguyen Van Cu and Tran Hung Dao streets in District 1. This situation has made many residents concerned about danger of falling trees. A house owner at 207 Nguyen Kim, District 10 who lives near an old tree, said, "Living near such an ancient tree is like living with a potential threat. We have asked the authorities many times to cut down or prune the … [Read more...] about Storms Uproot Old Trees
Urban dwellers, especially young people, are at high risk of falling prey to noise pollution due to changes in the living environment and the habit of listening to loud music. Traffic is a significant source of noise in metropolitan areas. Also, noise pollution is increasing at an alarming rate as the number of trees and things decreasing noise are reduced. On the contrary, there is an increase in the number of engines and noise-making things. Humans cannot hear sounds of less than 20 hertz (Hz) or greater than 15,000Hz. Hz is a unit for measuring the frequency of sound waves while sound intensity is measured in dB. Medical studies in working hygiene and environment show that: Sounds of less than 50 dB will help people relax and recharge. Sounds of 50-60 dB is deemed noise and classified as level one, causing lesser concentration. Sound of more than 60 dB is level-two noise, causing annoyance and harming the sympathetic nervous system. Sound of 85 dB … [Read more...] about Noise pollution poses great threat
BTO – Today, Phu Lam village is partially located in Tien Loi commune (Phan Thiet city) and the rest one is in Ham My commune (Ham Thuan Nam district). Over the past 200 years, Phu Lam was established in the context of numerous dwellers from the Midland of Vietnam moving to the South to set themselves up in business. In the early 19th century, Phu Lam village was called Minh Lam which was then replaced by the new name "Phu Lam" in the second year of Emperor Dong Khanh (1887) without knowing the reasons. This area originated in a wild forest, far away from the center of Phan Thiet. The first settlers who came here to reclaim and establish the village, was from the Midland. At first, the village had only 30 people. With all their efforts, the predecessors had gradually reclaimed, farmed, and built villages and hamlets. "Our fathers found a communal house to worship Bon Canh Tutelary God" - said elder Mai Van Thuan (member of Phu Lam village communal house management board). Over … [Read more...] about Phu Lam â A village has much rise and fall!
Pu Mat National Park and the Pu Huong and Pu Hoat nature reserves are the core zones of the UNESCO-recognized Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve, at 1.3 million hectares the largest such reserve in Southeast Asia. The park, whose name means high slope in the language of the Thai tribe, is located in the southwest of Nghe An Province along the border with Laos and extends from the crest of the Truong Son Range down the steep eastern flank to the evergreen lowlands. Spread over Anh Son, Con Cuong and Tuong Duong districts, it comprises a protected core zone of 95,000 hectares and a buffer zone of 86,000 hectares. Biodiversity Pu Mat boasts amazing biodiversity in its moist forests. Surveys in recent years by the EU-funded Social Forestry and Nature Conservation in Nghe An Province have turned up close to 2,500 plant species, three of them new to science, and 1,000 animal species. Several critically endangered species are found there, including one of the world's rarest mammals - the … [Read more...] about Inside the great animal gene pool