CCFSC said that this year landslides frequently occurred in the Mekong Delta provinces of Dong Thap, An Giang, and Vinh Long as well as Can Tho City.

In An Giang, hundreds of hectares of land have fallen into rivers, 40 hectares from Vinh Hoa Commune alone, and the flow of Van Nao and Hau Rivers have driven hundreds of households off their land.

Landslides have also occurred in Dong Thap Province.

Nearly 100km of riverbank in 39 communes, wards and towns has tumbled into the river. Hong Ngu District is the worst hit with five landslides from May and has lost hundreds of meters of road.

There are eight serious erosion spots in Can Tho, mainly in the section of the river from Can Tho City to Tan Quoi Commune.

The water has eaten away 7.2 metres of land off of the right bank of Hau River.

Two serious landfalls have occurred at a section of the bank on the Can Tho River in Phong Dien District, one of four outlying districts of Can Tho City, causing numerous houses to collapse.

Vinh Long has 56 serious erosion spots with a total area of about 76 km with 1,500 households.

Landslides of increasing severity are occurring in several other locations, including Tan Hoa Commune in the Vinh Long township; from Ca Loc rivulet mouth to My An rivulet mouth in the district Mang Thit; and Tra On town in Tra On district.

Bernama (my) - September 16, 2008