Tuoi Tre News, 3 August 2015. Floods cause $50mn in damage to coal mines in northern Vietnamese province.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

The Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited has suffered damage of about VND1.2 trillion (US$50.02 million) to its coal plants in Quang Ninh Province, one of the northern provinces that have been devastated by flooding caused by downpours in recent times.

The damage is included in the total loss of VND2.2 trillion ($101 million) caused by heavy rains and subsequent floods in the province from July 27 to August 2, the National Steering Board for Disaster Prevention and Control reported on Sunday.

Downpours in Quang Ninh, considered the worst in the past four decades, have caused flooding and landslides, along with toxic sludge spills from coal mines, local authorities said.

Currently, concerned agencies in Quang Ninh are struggling to help communities hit by toxic mudslides after torrential rain hit coal-mining areas in the province, which is home to the UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay tourist site.

It will take four-five days after the rains stop for coal mines to recover 30-50 percent of their normal production capability, the corporation said.

The halt of coal supply and transport from these coal mines due to the disaster has caused a serious lack of fuel for many thermal power plants across the country, and the corporation is trying to make up for such shortages…

[Separately, in a statement last Saturday, reported by Australia’s ABC News, “former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said the spills are ‘another coal-based environmental disaster’ “.]

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