Residents take a stand against waste
Residents living in Caùi Raêng District of southern Caàn Thô Province have had to cope with severe pollution for several months while waiting for city authorities to find a solution to treat the waste.
Nguyeãn Thò Chuoãi, a resident of Phuù Thöù Ward in Caùi Raêng District, said that in the past two months, she had seen hundreds of vans driving into the area to dump waste everyday.
The smell is terrible and there are flies everywhere, she said, pointing to six fly-catchers that had become covered with flies after just one hour.
We have protested aggressively but they keep on dumping the waste. We cant stand it anymore and perhaps we need to get all the residents together and stop the vans from coming in, she said.
Phan Vaên Saùng, who lives close to the dumping site, said many residents had fallen ill since the city began dumping all of its waste in the area.
Flies are flying around our tables and there are even more of them in our food, he said.
No space for waste
Residents of the Caùi Raêng District are not the only residents, or the first to suffer the impacts of waste dumping. Before the waste was brought to the district, it was driven to several other locations and ultimately affected residents.
According to a leader of the citys Department of Construction, in2004, when the former Caàn Thô Province was separated into Caàn Thô City and Haäu Giang Province, all waste from Caàn Thô City was dumped at the Taân Long waste dump in HaäuGiang Province.
Haäu Giang Province at that time informed Caàn Thô City authorities that the Taân Long waste dump would be closed by the end of 2013.
Since the closure of the TaânLong site, Caàn Thô Citys authority has struggled to find alternative places to dump the citys waste. Initially, the waste was carried along to Phöôùc Thôùi Ward in OÂ Moân District in the city, attracting the furor of nearby residents.
The authority said they would soon build a waste treatment factory when they started dumping more waste in the area. But until now we havent seen any factory, just a giant pile of waste that smells terrible, said Phöôùc Thôøi Ward resident Ñoã Vaên Ôn.
By the end of April, residents of the district had gathered to stop the vans from entering the area. Flummoxed, the city authority then took the waste to the Hoøa Phuù site in neighbouring Vónh Long Province. Not long after, Vónh Long residents took to the streets to stop the vans from entering the dumping site.
Voõ Thaønh Thoáng, vice chairman of Caàn Thô Citys Peoples Committee, said the construction of the waste treatment factory would start in three months and would be completed within 9 months.
Meanwhile, the city authority had ordered the managers of the waste dumps to treat the pollution so that nearby residents are not affected, Thoáng said. VNS