Night after night, thousands of cubic metres of sand and gravel have been illegally mined from a portion of the Cau River, causing erosion and affecting the dyke system for 200ha of agricultural land, online newspaper phapluatplus.vn reported.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has assigned the Ministry of Construction to study Cambodia’s permanent prohibition on sand exports and the impact on the construction materials market in Vietnam.
Severe landslides along the Dong Nai River have forced the provinces of Dong Nai and Lam Dong to suspend all sand mining activities, including those by licensed projects.
Experts have urged authorities in Quang Nam Province to ban sand mining in a bid to protect the popular tourist town of Hoi An from erosion, local newspapers reported.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has ordered a halt to all sand mining in Dau Tieng Lake, the largest reservoir in the country.
A large section of riverbank in the southern Vietnamese province of An Giang subsided on April 22, sinking some 16 houses in the process, with the cause attributed to sand mining.
Southern Dong Nai province’s transport department has ordered four sand mining and dredging projects in the region to suspend operations.
Following the efforts of authorities of Ham Thuan Bac district in the central province of Binh Thuan, illegal sand mining in Ham Liem commune has stopped, Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reported.