Two schools in Bac Ninh Province are flooded by wastewater on April 28
This morning, April 29, more than 1,400 students in total from Phong Khe Primary School and Phong Khe Secondary School in Bac Ninh City had to stay home as the schools were being inundated.
Tong Ngoc Thang, headmaster of Phong Khe Secondary School, said that bad-smelling wastewater had started appearing at the school since April 28. Today, the water has not yet gone down, so the school decided to temporarily shut down.
According to Le Van Tan, chairman of Phong Khe Ward, local authorities requested some local paper producers to dismantle all of their illegal waste treatment systems linked to Ngu Huyen Khe River. This has caused the wastewater spill into surrounding areas, including the schools.
“We have used pump systems to deal with the flooding, but the big ones have faced technical problems. Small pumps have been used instead. We are fixing pumps with high capacity which can help to tackle the flooding within an hour,” Tan added.
On April 27, following an inspection by Vice Chairman of Bac Ninh People’s Committee Vuong Quoc Tuan in Phong Khe Ward, many local paper producers were found discharging untreated water into Ngu Huyen Khe District. Tuan urged these facilities to dismantle their illegal drain systems on April 30 at the latest.
Local authorities will continue to tighten control over the waste treatment of producers in the ward and offenders will only be allowed to operate if they ensure they are correctly treating their wastewater.