Drunken trio’s stunt destroys crops
HANOI: A boozy prank that saw three men open the floodgates of a reservoir in central Vietnam resulted in crops being destroyed.
The stunt may also lead to hot season water shortages, officials said yesterday. The men were detained after their drunken act in south-central Phu Yen province unleashed 2 million cubic metres of water, equivalent to about 800 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Officials said several hectares of sugarcane fields were washed away and thousands of tonnes of crops destroyed in two nearby hamlets on account of the men’s antics.
Local police also said the March 15 incident could cause water shortages and drought as the hot season approaches.
“Police are investigating the incident to estimate the total amount of damage, so we could find a way to help affected residents,” Pham Dinh Phung, vicepresident of Son Hoa district government office, said.
The reservoir has been in operation since 2015, designed to prevent flooding, store excess water and provide irrigation for farmers.
It normally holds up to 10 million cubic metres of water, especially during the drought season. AFP