Firm to pay Vietnam southerners for sewage, road damage

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Authorities in Dong Nai Province in southern Vietnam on Sunday are taking wastewater samples to force a company to compensate locals.

Since May 22, 55 people from Xuan Hung Commune in Xuan Loc District have filed complaints that sewage of Toan Xuan Hung Company, which produces wheat flour, have buried 80 hectares of their paddy and melaleuca fields.

The sewage was flowing all over the area after three dykes surrounding the company broke.

Nguyen Viet Hoang, vice chairman of the commune, said he has ordered investigations to find out if the company broke the dykes or they broke by accident.

"The company has apologized local people and promised to compensate them properly after the authorities estimate the damage," Hoang said.

He said the company would also fix a two-kilometer local road, Ta Lu, that its trucks have damaged.

The road cost around VND3 billion (US$144,000), finished recently with local residents' and government' investments.

It was designed for up to ten ton vehicles, but the company's trucks were carrying 30-40 tons a time.

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