Central Vietnam hydropower plant flooded following water pipe breaks
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|A talus above the A Luoi hydropower plant collapsed due to a broken water pipe in Thua Thien-Hue Province, January 1, 2020. (Photo: VNE)|
The accident happened at around 8.40 a.m. at the 20 MW A Luoi hydropower plant in the central province's A Luoi District. Water, mud and rocks from a talus fell down into the plant, forcing it to cease operations, according to VNE.
Phan Thanh Hung, office chief of the Thua Thien-Hue Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue, said the breach had taken place in an 11-km long pipe running from the reservoir.
There were no casualties, he added.
The Central Hydropower Joint Stock Company has closed the gates for receiving water from the reservoir. It has said that water flow from the reservoir to downstream areas towards Laos's Se Kong Province will be regulated at 50-100 cubic meters per second.
Authorities have warned people to stay away from the area.
Earlier in mid-October, 30 people missing in connection with the landslides at Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue due to serious landslide, the rescue work is underway with maximum efforts of finding and rescuing.
On the evening of October 13, at the Steering Committee of the Front-line Command Department located at the headquarters of the People's Committee of Phong Xuan commune, Phong Dien district (Thua Thien-Hue), Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, and Lt. Gen. Nguyen Tan Cuong - Deputy Minister of Defense met with leaders of Thua Thien-Hue province, the Military Region 4 to implement the next plans to soon approach the scene of the landslide that previously caused the missing of 13 officers and soldiers.
It is known that on the 2,5-kilometer road from the communication site to the ranger of sub-area 67 - where the accident happened exist 3 serious landslides.
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