EVN sued for flooding houses in central Vietnam

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Vietnam state-owned power utility EVN has been sued by 18 families in central Vietnam for flooding their houses and land while building a dam, according to news website VietNamNet.

The lawsuit alleges that in the process of storing water for a hydropower dam, EVN, or Electricity of Vietnam, flooded the properties of 18 families in Tra Don Commune, Nam Tra My District, Quang Nam Province.

The properties were more than 15 meters under water for half a month and their houses were officially submerged from October 22 onwards.

"People's lives have also been threatened"¦ This is a violation of the laws, so we request the court to force EVN to stop storing water for the safety of our lives, health and properties," the plaintiffs said.

Phan Van Buu, one of the victims, said some wooden houses have been swept away by the water and their vestiges were floating around the area.

"But EVN and the district government have insisted that recent heavy rains are to blame," Buu said.

The families have rented places near their houses.

Early this month, they also sued the district government after refusing the compensation offered for loss of property caused by the building of hydropower plant Song Tranh 2.

Work on the plant began in March 2006 on an area of 2,448 hectares.

EVN, the investor, spent more than VND5,000 billion (US$238.6 million) on the plant, parts of which began supplying power last December.

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