In central Vietnam commune, people use rickety cable car to cross stream

By Tran Hieu, Thanh Nien News

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Hoang Thi Hoa was carrying her baby son in her arms as she and her daughter stepped into a homemade cable car, beginning a dangerous journey across Doi Stream.
“My family works for a cashew farm on the other side of the stream, and so we cross it by the cable car,” Hoa said, “At first I was very scared, but now I am used to it.”
Not only Hoa’s family but also 14 other families in Ia Dom Commune in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai use this cable car to carry food and fertilizers across the 50-meter-wide stream every day.
Five children in the commune also rely on this to go to school.
“We have to use the cable car during the rainy season. In the dry season we can cross the stream on foot,” Hoa said.
Nguyen Huu Que, deputy director of the province Department of Transport, admitted that this type of transportation is “surely unsafe.”
He said the cable system was installed by Duc Co firm to ferry its workers to its 100-hectare cashew plantation.
“All 15 families living on the other side of the stream are temporary residents. They come from other provinces, including Ca Mau and Thanh Hoa.
“We are working with the agricultural department to report this case to the provincial People’s Committee and seek its instructions.”


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