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Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

By Phuong Thao   August 14, 2022 | 09:40 pm PT
Ten apartment buildings that house more than 4,200 people in the northern port city of Hai Phong are at risk of crumbling to pieces.
Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

An apartment building on Da Nang Street in Van My Ward of Ngo Quyen District comprises 1,288 apartments housing more than 4,200 people.

Built between 1975 and 1980, the building has been seriously downgraded. Every time there is a storm, local authorities must evacuate residents.

Hai Phong has 178 apartment buildings, hosting 7,000 households, that are in so poor conditions that they need to be demolished.

The city's Department of Planning and Investment earlier this month invited bidding into 10 new apartment blocks that are expected to accomodate nearly 4,500 households from the dilapidated buildings.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

The walls of one building have grown mossy and peeled.

Of the 10 buildings, each rising five stories, some blocks have been classified as dangerous, which means residents must be moved out.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

An iron pillar is put in place to support the balcony roof of an apartment on the fourth floor.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

Along the handrail of a building, wooden bars are used temporarily to replace iron bars that have disappeared.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

Inside an apartment.

Living on the first floor, Bui Thi Lai, 68, says she has to use plastic canvas to cover the ceiling to prevent mortar from falling down.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

The wall of Lai's apartment is also peeling.

She said the deterioration has been going on for a decade now.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

At another house on the first floor, Dao Thi Dinh, 79, uses a plastic basin to catch water seeping through the ceiling.

Dinh and her husband have lived in the apartment of 40 square meters since 1993.

"I really hope we can move to another place or that the authorities restore this building," she said.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

Toan, 50, touches the damaged part of a pillar inside his apartment.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

Toan has reinforced the apartment's ceiling with iron sheets to prevent falling mortar.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

The ceiling of an apartment has lost a large piece.

Apartment buildings near collapse in northern Vietnam city

As evaluated by authorities in Van My Ward, the 10 apartment buildings on Da Nang Street are too degraded to be fixed and residents there should be moved out as soon as possible.

 
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