Soldiers in central Vietnam are only just now collecting timber from a severe illegal logging operation that began last year.
Guards at the Vietnam and Laos border in Ha Tinh Province recovered more than 30 cubic meters of illegal wood March 1-3, news website Dan Tri reported Monday.
Vo Trong Hai, deputy head of the Ha Tinh Border Guard, said the unit has found around 200 cubic meters of illegally-cut timber.
Hai said the logging started in the middle of last year but was only discovered in January. The loggers are at large.
The soldiers only started collecting the timber in February, he said, citing climate problems.
Vice chairman of the provincial government Le Dinh Son led a delegation to check the area and speed up the collection on Monday as people have complained that the clean up has taken too long.
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