Real estate project responsible for sand floods in Mui Ne

By Viet Quoc   May 24, 2024 | 03:32 pm PT
Real estate project responsible for sand floods in Mui Ne
Sand floods invaded a tourism site in Mui Ne Town of Phan Thiet City, May 21, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Viet Quoc
The construction process of a high-end real estate project on Mui Ne Hill in the beach city of Phan Thiet in central Vietnam recently sent sand floods to bury cars and houses at a tourism site.

The manager of the Sentosa Villa project has failed to comply with the regulations on disaster prevention, causing landslides on the hill, resulting in sand rushing down to a tourist area, the Department of Construction of Binh Thuan Province, home to Phan Thiet, announced Wednesday.

Previously on Tuesday, several cars, motorbikes and even homes were buried under a flood of sand as it invaded the Ham Tien-Mui Ne tourism site, following heavy rain that lasted for hours in the night.

Locals said the flood rose as high as an adult's neck, and anyone caught in it would have barely survived.

With heavy rain and storms expected in the coming time, posing a risk of widespread and complex landslides, the department requested the project investor to focus manpower and equipment to rectify the consequences of the landslide, and also to take specific long-term preventive measures to protect the lives and property of the people.

Motorbikes parked on the streets are also buried in the sand, May 21, 2024. Authorities said there are around a dozen motorbikes in the area buried by the sand. Photo by VnExpress/Viet Quoc

Motorbikes parked on the streets are buried in the sand in Phan Thiet, May 21, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Viet Quoc

Hoang Vu, the project manager of Sentosa Villa, argued that the construction site was the lowest among the real estate projects on Mui Ne Hill.

Water from upstream on road 706B poured down, flowing through two neighboring projects before reaching Sentosa Villa.

"Water from many places converged here, not just from the main source of Sentosa Villa causing the landslide," he said.

A representative of the Sentosa Villa project said that for now, the unit's technicians would reinforce the dyke where it directly faces Huynh Thuc Khang Street, blocking the water from flowing onto the road.

At the same time, workers will lay tarpaulin on the upper part of the project to prevent water from seeping into the sand, thereby dividing and reducing the pressure, guiding the water flow into a different drain out to sea.

Phan Thiet chairman Phan Nguyen Hoang Tan said the locality was also assessing the damage to the property, houses of residents, and tourism businesses. After the review, the city will calculate reasonable support in accordance with the regulations.

The aftermath of sand floods in Ham Tien-Mui Ne tourism site, May 22, 2024. Video by VnExpress/Viet Quoc

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