were killed in the Mekong Delta's Can Tho City early Saturday after erosion
pushed three houses into a local river.
Thu, 49, an her 5-year-old grandson Nguyen Dinh Tri died at nearly 6 a.m. when
an abutment made of soil and rock at the Tra Nien bridge slipped into a river
during construction in Phong Dien District.
abutment has caused an unnatural angle in the river and hard waves have eroded
the structure, according to first investigation.
from Can Tho Department of Transport said it might have also been because the
bridge was too big for the weak river bank.
Dien, Thu's husband, said there were four people home at the time the house slid
into the water.
so quickly that his wife and grandson couldn't manage to escape fast enough,
Man, chairman of Can Tho People's Committee, and Bui Hai, head of Phong Dien
District party unit, have visited the family and given them VND25 million
(US$1,309) in consolation.
abutment was built with soil and rock, 24 meters underground and four meters
above. The Tra Nien Bridge is 10.5 meters wide and expected to open for traffic
in late April, when work on all the abutments was scheduled to finish.
abutment had broken down in February several days before Tet, sinking
four small houses including a café and fruit stores. Some residents moved after
that but some stayed.
erosion in the area pulled 13 houses into the river in 2007.