Northern Vietnam floods wash toxic water into Halong Bay region

Record torrential rainfall in Vietnam’s northeast region has led to mudslides and flooding, killing 17 people and washing toxic sludge into the area from surrounding mines.

Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Halong Bay, Vietnam. Image by Cristina Bejarano / CC BY 2.0

The region is also home to World Heritage site and major tourist attraction Halong Bay, which is surrounded by multiple open-face coal mines and power plants. The president of environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance has stated ‘we are deeply concerned by the pace of this unfolding disaster and its sheer scale’. Suspended production at coal mines in the region has also prompted concerns about electricity supply in the country. Read more:

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