Vietnam destroys 60 illegal gold mines in central region

By Hien Cu, Thanh Nien News

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Quang Ngai Province's Military Command announced Monday they had destroyed 60 illegal gold mines within 6 days, by one week earlier than previously planned.
Government agencies have coordinated with Engineer Corps to carry a ton of explosives to the sites that are located in the mountainous district of Tay Tra that could not be assessed by vehicles, the Command said.
The officers had to work 13 hours a day and having lunch right on the site to quickly complete the campaign, they said.
They seized many equipment that illegal gold miners buried near the site before felling to avoid being seized.
Local police have been mobilized to maintain security after hundreds of illegal gold miners opposed the force and damaged their tents, news website VnExpress reported.
Captain Kieu Cong Phuong of Tay Tra District Military Unit said that illegal gold mining are a major problem in the area, causing adverse damage to the environment and threaten social security.
“Sometimes, there were up to 300 people exploiting for gold illegally. We have set up temporary stations at the site for several months but they returned again when we left,” he said.
The gold mines had been manually dug into the mountainside and into the ground with many vertical tunnel sections.
According to Quang Ngai Military Command, they previously planned to destroy 36 illegal gold mines. However, they have managed to destroy another 24.
The agency has handed over the site to local authorities for further management.

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