Hoi An water cut-off scares away tourists
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International and local tourists have abandoned hotels and restaurants in the ancient town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam over a water supply cut-off that has lasted for five days.
Tourists visit Chua Cau (Pagoda Bridge) in Hoi An Photo: Tuoi Tre
The problem started on July 1 when the Hoi An waterworks plant, which is in charge of supplying water to all 5,000 hotels and restaurants in the locality, was struck by lightning, and it still has not been repaired.
Hotels, restaurants and houses in Hoi An had actually not been provided with enough water for several days before the incident due to the water level of the local Vinh Dien and Dien Ban rivers, which has dropped dramatically thanks to a drought. This has caused salt water intrusion into the rivers.
Truong Van Bay, deputy chairman of the Hoi An People’s Committee, said yesterday he instructed the management of the water plant to resolve the problems and resume providing clean water as soon as possible.
He added that locals and owners of travel services providers have lodged their complaints directly to him as the water cut-off has caused losses for their business.