The beauty of Lai Chau Province, Nam Na River has been under threat of destruction because of hydro-power projects with no intervention from local authorities.
Nam Na River disappearing
The 100km stretch of the Nam Na River that runs through the Ma Lu Thang Border Gate is well known for its beauty, and also provides fresh water and fish for the ethnic groups who live nearby, including Thai, Dao, Mang and Ha Nhi.
The river is also known for many waterfalls along National Highway 4D.
Where Nam Na River joins the Da River, there still exists a huge suspension bridge called the Hang Tom that has connected the mountains since the American War.
Despite all of this, the river is under threat of disappearance due to hydropower projects that are filling it in. Those who use the river for transportation say they also suffer from congestion, pollution and the effects of newly-opened roads.
Dozens of trucks have emptied gravel near the riverbanks, adding to public opinion that these companies are dumping to save money without thought about environmental consequences.
In addition, local authorities have yet to take any concerted action despite the fact that these activities have been going on for years.