Drunken trio’s stunt de­stroys crops

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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