“Torrential rains poured heavily on Quang Tri, Quang Binh, Ha Tinh and a part of Nghe An. Please pray for this country. The Party is concentrating on its congresses while the people are dying from floods and landslides. This is Vietnam’s fate,” Mr. Nguyen Dat An, a researcher on climate change, wrote on his Facebook.
News of the dead from the landslides in the Central region is appearing in the domestic press and more painful with calls for help in the middle of the night when the floodwaters rise too quickly last night on the morning of October 18 in Quang Tri.
Meanwhile, the Party congresses with colorful flags and many expensive gifts have not ended nationwide.
After the incident at the Rao Trang 3 hydropower area in Thua Thien Hue, at 1 am on October 18, 22 more officers and soldiers died after being buried in landslides at the 337th National Defense Forces Camp in Huong Phung commune, Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province.
On the afternoon, at 4.30 pm of October 17, a family of 6 people were also buried by a landslide and disappeared in Huc commune, Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province. A a 10-month-old baby was among two bodies found.
Although bodies of a military major general and 12 high-ranking officers were found, only 2 bodies of a group of 17 workers at the Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant in Phong Dien district, Thua Thien Hue province, were found, the remaining 15 people are still in a missing state.
As of October 18, there were 4 major landslides, a total of 122 people died and missing in the Central region during this flood. 52,933 houses were flooded, 24,734 Houses were damaged or collapsed. Flood have damaged 924 ha of rice, 106,616 ha of other crops, 461,627 livestock and poultry died or being swept away.
Just last night, October 18, floods rose too quickly in the night. Quang Tri people went online to ask for help on Facebook while the rescue lines were busy, unable to call.
From the heart of the flood in Bac Binh village (Cam Tuyen commune, Cam Lo district, Quang Tri province), where he has suffered four consecutive floods in the past days, Mr. Ho Xuan Sinh said at 9.15 pm of October 17 that the Hieu river water reached its peak compared to the historic flood on October 8, 2020.
At Mr. Sinh’s house, the water was almost up to the roof of the house, now he has to stay on the ground (the mezzanine to avoid floods of the Central people) and if the water level continues up, he has to break the tiled roof to go out. “At night, the canoe cannot come to rescue while in the garden, we heard the cry of the cows,” said Sinh.
Meanwhile, on Facebook, users of this social network are constantly sharing messages of help from people trapped in floodwaters.
Facebooker Tien Dung in Dong Ha City posted the information at 10 pm: “I hope people can rescue residents in Dong Thanh. The elderly and children are calling for help. It’s already 2 meters deep“.
Le Cuc user in Cam Lo district announced again at 11 pm: “Urgent urgency, we need rescuers to team 6 An Binh, Cam Thanh, Cam Lo. The house has 2 small children that the water is flowing rapidly, the family members could not swim, was swinging on the window looking for things to destroy the house and escape. Everyone shared to find a rescuer, but the hotline could not call anymore “.
Similarly, user Le Tuyet in Cam Lo also went online to ask for help with information that his family in Cam Hieu commune was deeply flooded, there were 7 children and 2 old grandparents trapped … At 10.10 m, Facebooker Thi Tran in Dong Ha City posted: “The mother and daughter were hugging each other and crying at 72 Hoang Dieu, thanks to everyone’s help, there was no place to drain the water.”
At present, people only know to share the duty numbers of districts and towns, but many people say that these numbers are overloaded.
Commenting on the terrible incident at Rao Trang 3 Hydropower Plant, journalist Mai Quoc An wrote on Facebook:
In the Rao Trang 3 hydropower case, many people died. Then, besides the pain and sharing, it is impossible not to consider who has agreed on the policy, approving the EIA (environmental impact assessment) and licensing for the construction of hydropower clusters in the protected forest and put 13 hydroelectricity in “one tray” in general.
Please note: This is a job with very serious consequences!
Do not use natural disasters. Review EIA (environmental impact assessment) can find who is responsible! And building hydroelectricity in the protection forest is very messy.
Let the people and senior managers be told the truth. It is also a way for the souls of the dead to rest.
And the deforestation has to pay the price, if they are not exposed to the public, what else will they pay for?” journalist Mai Quoc An stated his opinion.
Outraged at the Party Congress that was held wildly and hundreds of monuments everywhere, but almost no people were given life vests, rescue canoes were completely absent in the past days … Facebook Bui Van Thuan wrote on Facebook:
“The ruling party is spending huge financial resources for organizing congresses in all levels and building monuments everywhere while ordinary people in flooded areas have no life vests?
And especially, people and businesses pay taxes to feed a huge parallel system of party-state, taking care and saving people is the responsibility of the party-state. If the people cannot be saved and the people cannot be taken care of, the state-party system which is subscribed to the state budget will be a failed, harmful and useless system,” Mr. Bui Van Thuan stated.
Regarding the case of 22 buried soldiers, Facebook Bui Van Thuan wrote:
“The Department of Economic and Defense 337, is merely an economic unit, deforestation is also an economy. The dead are too many, but everything has a root and a core point: Nuclear power, reservoirs, and deforestation make hydroelectricity economic.”
Natural disasters are also not human, and it is people who deforestation for timber that is the cause of today’s deaths. Journalist Huu Danh has a commentary titled Nha Go and Xac Dan, the content is as follows:
“In just 40 years, Vietnam’s immense forests have been almost erased. Years of war, suffering from bombs and bombs, the forest is still immense green “covering the army, besieging the enemy.” After the war, the forest disappeared.
Where does the forest go? Into the rich people’s houses. But giants love wood, far behind officers. In a month, we traveled through the forests of the Central Highlands, from Dak Nong to Dak Lak, Gia Lai and Kon Tum, Lam Dong, everywhere we saw the forest slaughter. After Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s order to close natural forests, deforestation is still rampant.
The wood at K’Bang (Gia Lai) still rushed out of the forest even though there was only a single path from the forest, a barrier blocked by the forest rangers; Timber in Ngoc Hoi, Sa Thay (Kon Tum) also massively ran out of the forest day and night – even if you wanted to pass the block, you had to “fly to the sky” to escape.
The so-called “loggers” lamented to us, after the ban, the timber was still cut down, only the lubrication money increased, and the loggers’ income decreased. During the days of going to the forest, the group of reporters were not familiar with the sacred forest of poisonous water, everyone scratched their whole body due to falls, rakes, mosquito bites …
Only after entering the forest can see, “loggers” at the lowest level have a miserable life at the bottom of society. On average, they earn several hundred thousand dong a day, but the expenses in the forest are expensive, and every logger is poor. They are miserable and miserable, sweat and blood just to make ends meet.
In another poor district of Dak Lak province, mainly populated by Ede and Gia Rai people, district leaders are determined to fight against loggers.
During his term, the district chairman was the one who constantly called for forest protection and forest loggers because this was a very large area of forest. He continuously directed rangers and police to destroy loggers.
And then, people fell back when he saw that in his last term, he started building a wooden mansion near the armpit of the Forest Protection Department. The very large round pillars, full of wood car plugs, coffees were massively transported. Monolithic planks of incense and marble are also gathered. The furniture was so large that it took a few dozen people to carry it and was brought home by a large truck.