Hundreds of houses along a Ho Chi Minh City canal have been weakened and are in danger of collapse reportedly because of work to dredge and clean the canal and upgrade the streets along it.
More than 300 houses on one bank of the Tan Hoa-Lo Gom Canal in District 6 have sustained cracks, subsidence or tilt following the World Bank-funded work, which finished last April.
The US$166-million work to dredge the 7.5-kilometer (4.66-mile) canal and upgrade the streets along it had taken three years.
Locals said they are afraid their houses would collapse any time but they do not have money to reinforce them.
Some people have moved out of the area.
Cracks are seen on the walls of dozens of houses, some ceilings have collapsed and many structures are tilting.
Tran Thanh Hung, who has lived in the area for 10 years, said the dredging had caused massive damage to houses.
Le Thanh Liem, chief of the HCMC Urban Upgrade Management Board, which managed the work, said it is calculating the damage to compensate people.
He promised the money would be paid by June.
Tan Hoa-Lo Gom was the third canal to be cleaned up in the city after Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe and Tau Hu - Ben Nghe.