Mon, 04 Dec 2023

HANOI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Authorities of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay have taken measures to prevent landslides in efforts to better preserve the natural wonder there.

A multitude of limestone islands and towering limestone pillars rising from the sea after millions of years of formation are currently at the risk of collapse and landslides, Vietnam News reported on Wednesday.

The landslides on the bay often occur in the rain and storm seasons, the newspaper cited Vu Van Hung, vice chairman of Van Chai Ha Long Tourism Service Cooperative, a tourism service provider.

"Whenever we pass by an island or islet, if we noticed any unusual signs, we will report to the bay's management board and the board will have prompt handling," he said.

Ha Long Bay's conservation team conducts regular inspections at all the areas where landslides occurred. Boats have been warned not to enter the eroded areas.

The bay's management board has also notified tourists, organizations and individuals who carry out socio-economic activities at the bay of the risky areas. Acts of harming the heritage, including the islands and caves, will receive strict penalties.

Ha Long Bay is home to 775 limestone islands and islets.

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