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Oil spill making tourists leave Hoi An Vietnam

05/02/07 (GMT+7)

Hoi An beach receives several thousand international tourists every day. However, it has been left idle in the last three days due to the large oil spill.

Oil spill making tourists leave Hoi An VietnamMany tourists have left the ancient town of Hoi An sooner than initially planned for fear that the environment may be polluted.

The sea water on the beach, which was very pure and blue, now has turned to black with oil which looks like asphalt.

Several hundred citizens living along the coast are now trying to collect curdled oil manually, but they cannot clean up the beach.

According to the Hoi An Peoples’ Committee, several thousand 50kg packs of oil have been collected from the 7km long coastal line in Cam An and Cua Dai wards. However, this proves to be a small number if compared to the large oil spill.

Le Minh Anh, Deputy Chairman of the Quang Nam Peoples’ Committee, said that provincial authorities were taking all possible measures to tackle the oil spill. He has also denied the information that a lighter carrying wood got into an accident on the Cu Lao Cham sea area, resulting in the oil leak.

Truong Van Bay, Deputy Chairman of the Hoi An town People’s Committee, said that local authorities had spent VND100mil to repair the damages.

 The 7km beach in Hoi An town has become idle as tourists, including foreigners, have left the place. Meanwhile, it is the tourism season, and many tourists want to come to Hoi An Vietnam at this time of year.

Another problem that is causing headaches for local authorities now is how to dispose of the oil. Burning the oil is not a solution as the Hoi An rubbish dump is small. Meanwhile, several resorts and hotels in Hoi an have collected oil and dumped it spontaneously, which may further pollute the environment. No relevant agencies have given any guidance on how to fix the oil spill.

The oil spill has spread to other localities in Quang Nam province Vietnam like Dien Ban, Duy Xuyen, Thang Binh, Thanh mountain, Tam Ky and Non Nuoc beach in Da Nang province Vietnam. The oil spill has become a problem not only for Hoi An, but for the central region as a whole.

(Source: Tuoi tre)

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