A sunset over the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. River sand is often used for construction in Vietnam as it can be extracted cheaply from nearby river channels and is easily transported by barge. Photo: Shutterstock
A sunset over the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. River sand is often used for construction in Vietnam as it can be extracted cheaply from nearby river channels and is easily transported by barge. Photo: Shutterstock
Vietnam

In Vietnam, the mighty Mekong’s banks are crumbling as illegal sand miners run riot

  • Sand mining is eating away at the Mekong Delta’s foundations, with a recent report finding it had done more to alter sediment flows than upstream dams
  • The illegal practice has been linked to tragedies such as bridge collapses elsewhere. Advocates say a lack of oversight in Vietnam is partly to blame

A sunset over the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. River sand is often used for construction in Vietnam as it can be extracted cheaply from nearby river channels and is easily transported by barge. Photo: Shutterstock
A sunset over the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. River sand is often used for construction in Vietnam as it can be extracted cheaply from nearby river channels and is easily transported by barge. Photo: Shutterstock
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