Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Hanoi sinking fast

Hanoi is sinking due to the city's fast rising demand for water, reports South China Morning Post correspondent David Marsh. He says Hanoi is set to increase water demand by 20% this year alone, and this is drawing down the underground water table, causing surface instability, road damage, drainage problems and construction risks. The water table is now as much as 35 meters below the ground, compared to three or four meters 40 years ago. Marsh describes one tenant's apartment, which has sunk 80 cm. into the earth over the last ten years. (South China Morning Post, March 11).


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