Blast Mining In Vietnam - By The Kien Ngo
Recently, residents of Quang Ninh province in Vietnam are living in fear as mining operations are continuing the use of explosive blasts in the area.
According to residents, these actions have large consequences on the local farming industry. A local resident of the area, Mrs. Man, filed numerous complaints to the local government and the company directly. However, the blasting only paused temporarily for two days before continuing, unregarding the residents’ opinions. Similar to Mrs. Man’s circumstances, Mr. Viet said that his household is constantly shaking from the blasts underneath. Due to the blasts, his shrimping business has taken a major toll. His pond, which has been severely contaminated with dust, earth, and rock, has brought his business into a sharp decline.
The locals also reported that their homes could be seen with various cracks on the walls and floors. They fear that one day in the near future, their homes, which are their life fortunes, will collapse, due to the blasting.
Not only are the local homes affected, but the roads are also as well. There has been an incline of accidents that have occurred as a result of construction and supply trucks constantly driving in and out through the town. Consequently, many children, who need to use this road to commute to schools or simply just to play, are put into fear whenever they are traveling on the roadside. An anonymous woman told local reporters that she was forced to accompany her little ones every morning and afternoon due to the danger. She told that the main concern is that of drivers speeding dangerously through the town. This makes her children scared of traveling and seeing friends.
According to reporters, dozens of households are affected by the enterprise. The question of whether the company and the local government would ever come to an agreement remains unanswered.