Erosion devours 12 Mekong Delta homes

Eight families in Vietnam’s southernmost Ca Mau Province have been left destitute after their riverside houses were swallowed by erosion over the weekend.

Residents near a tributary of Cai Lon River in Tam Giang Commune, Nam Can District of Ca Mau were woken near midnight Sunday to see erosion dragging 12 homes into the water, followed by severe land subsidence and damage to two houses still left standing.

Inhabitants all managed to evade both injury or death, according to reports.

The 12 lost houses were the property of eight families, each abode measuring 21 square meters on average.

In all, erosion had claimed a total land area measuring 50 m long, 15 m wide and six meters high, causing an estimated loss of VND810 million ($35,000).

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Minh Minh