Vietnam may run out of sand in 5 years, experts believe

Vietnam may run out of sand in 5 years, experts believe

Vietnam may soon have to look towards artificial means of producing sand, because the natural product may not last for more than 5 years, say scientists at the country's Insitute of Transport Science and Technology, the Straits Times reports.

According to the report, the country is burning through the natural reserves of construction-grade sand at an alarming rate, resulting in the conundrum.

However, with an annual requirement of 100 million cubic metres of sand, Vietnam seems to not be slowing down its construction work anytime soon, and as such, the scientists are suggesting grinding certain rocks found in South Vietnam as a replacement.

The scientists also said that the man-made replacement can be a viable alternative for development works, especially for laying roads and is also up to 15 percent cheaper than natural sand.

Meanwhile, the Vietnamese government has put a stop to all sand exports.

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