Tourists warned of rock falling at An Giang’s tourist attraction
VietNamNet Bridge – A rock of about a ton in weight suddenly fell from a height of nearly 250 meters to the road to the Forbidden Mountain, a popular tourist site in An Giang province. The local authorities have to blockade the road to this popular tourist site.
The 1-ton rock on the road to the Forbidden Mountain. Photo VNE
On Thursday, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of An Giang province and Tinh Bien district authorities surveyed the area at risk of landslides and rock falling in An Hao commune, part of An Giang’s most famous tourist site of Forbidden Mountain.
Three days ago, a 1-ton rock felt from a height of nearly 250 meters to the road to the Forbidden Mountain but it did not cause accidents.
According to the survey team, there are many groundwater steeps with sanded ground topography at this site, plus "orphaned" rocks and large rocks that are weathered by the time and weather. After several days of continuous rain, the sanded ground became weak, prone to landslides and rock falling.
The local government has blocked the road to the Forbidden Mountain to ensure the safety of visitors and residents in the area.
Today, 27/9, the local forces will remove the rocks that may slide down from mountain.
Many big rocks on the Forbidden Mountain. Photo VNE
Nearly one and a half years ago, many large stones fell down from the Forbidden Mountain, damaging a tourist car, killing six people and injuring two.
After the accident, the road to the Forbidden Mountain was blocked. Pilgrims had to take 3-4 hours to climb to the mountain on a very slippery trail.
The road was opened again at the end of 2012 but the authorities identified 126 large rocks that may slide down anytime. The Institute of Geophysics also put up landslide warnings at 220 points on the road section of 2.5 km to the famous tourist site.