Delta market burns down

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A market in the Mekong Delta's Ca Mau Province burned down early Saturday.

No casualties were reported but the authorities estimated that the fire caused damages worth more than VND11 billion (US$563,700).

Early investigation shows the fire started at around 3 a.m. from an electrical short-circuit at a cloth booth in Dam Cung Market in Cai Nuoc District, more than 30 kilometers from the capital city of Ca Mau.

Since the market is located far from the province center, it took the fire fighters more than an hour to arrive.

The fire destroyed 11 houses, 30 kiosks and partially burned two other houses.

Fire fighters and other forces put out the fire at 5 a.m.

The province authorities have given ex-gratia support worth VND6 million to each family whose house was burnt to ashes and given them temporary accomodation. They also gave VND4 million to the kiosks and the partly-damaged houses, and VND1 million to the affected families.

Duong Tien Dung, vice chairman of Ca Mau Province, has asked the district authorities to reconstruct the burned area and mobilize funds to help residents build new houses and booths to start their businesses again.

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