Quy Nhon and Mui Ne, two popular beaches in central Vietnam, now have one more thing in common: trash.
After low tides exposed a large amount of mud and trash on the beach of Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh Province authorities have announced an investigation to figure out who polluted the tourist attraction.
According to local residents, a construction project nearby is to blame.
“The beach was beautiful before construction work was started to expand Xuan Dieu Street and develop a tourism project,” Dinh Anh Tuan, a local official, said.
Sand and stones from the project polluted the beach, he said.
Mui Ne, another famous beach destination, is also facing a similar problem.
Diep Tuong Nguyen, a local man, said he has led a team to clean the beach the past days.
“Trash is everywhere. I have urged others, including foreigners, to help collect trash from the beach,” he said.
Tran Van Binh, deputy chairman of Binh Thuan Province Tourism Association, said many resorts have often had their staff clean up the beach.
“I am ashamed whenever tourists, especially international tourists, complain about trash on the beach,” he said.
His agency has sent trucks to the beach in a massive cleanup campaign, but there has been little success.
“Cleaning Mui Ne needs the help of many people,” he said.