New road in central Vietnam leaves homeowners literally 'hanging'


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The front yards of nearly a dozen local houses have been left hanging up to 6 meters off the ground during the construction of a new road in the central province of Phu Yen.

Work on the Tuy An flood-proof road started in April 2010 with a total invested capital of more than VND820 billion (nearly US$39 million).

The 40-km road was supposed to make it easier to transport food and other necessities especially during the flood season.

Four year's later, the new road has done little more than make life a living nightmare.

The part of the road which passes through Phong Hau hamlet in Son Hoa district's Son Long Ward dips 6 meters below the surface of the ground leaving eleven houses to look as though they suddenly rose up out of the ground in some sort of biblical earthquake .

Citizens said that, in addition to making transportation harder, they worry that their children may fall down the cliffs that now lie outside their front doors.

Harvested crops cannot be brought up to the towering homes and livestock run the risk of tumbling to their deaths.

“[It becomes] worse during the rainy seasons; the kids have to slide down and climb up before and after school, their clothes are left ruddy by the soil. Carrying water home is the hardest part of a women’s daily life here”, local woman Le Thi Kieu Thu told VnExpress.

To make it easier getting to the road, citizens have had to build stairs out of the hard red clay. Some stay with neighbors who live on ground level.

Ngo Thach Pho, chief of the Phu Yen Natural Calamity Prevention and Irrigation Project Management, said that there will be a concrete path built to connect the isolated houses with the new road. But they have to wait for the main road, due to be finished on May 15.

Construction teams were also blamed for cracks that formed in some of the house walls and roofing tiles that blew off as they dynamited through rock.

“We've told them about the damage many times, but they shift the responsibility to the district authorities and no one has shown up to try to solve [our problem],” local Duong Van Thiet, whose fence collapsed in a mine explosion, said.

“Our houses have been left literally hanging for a year, and we've sent so many complains to the ward and the district [people’s committee], but everything remains unchanged," said local citizen Le Xuan Huong.
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