(HBO) – In 1965, when its special warfare strategy failed disastrously, the US sent large numbers of troops to the south of Vietnam while extending the war to the north and conducting sabotage. In Hoa Binh, which was viewed as one of the important localities for providing support for the Lao battlefield, during only a short period of time, the US conducted 69 bombings to destroy local residential areas, economic premises and roads.
Bui Van Kenh, a resident in
Tha hamlet of Thu Phong commune, who directly commanded the fight as deputy
head of the commune’s militia force.
particular, it launched continual attacks on locations across the province from
early 1966. To cope with new plots and ruses of the US imperialists, the province
ordered its communes to make plans for dealing with the war of sabotage,
instruct locals how to take shelter from air raids, dig tunnels, build lookout
towers, and stay ready to shoot down low-altitude fighters.
One of the most successful battles of the militia
of Thu Phong commune was the downing of an F105 fighter of the US on July 20,
Recalling the battle, Bui Van Kenh, a resident
in Tha hamlet of Thu Phong commune, who directly commanded the fight as deputy
head of the commune’s militia force, said he was on guard at the commune’s
administrative committee at about 3pm on July 20, 1966 when two F105 fighters
flew in from the northwest. Above Cun Slope on Road 12B, they dived and fired
at an automobile of the Hoa Binh transport company that was parking on the top
of the slope. Kenh immediately called on militias to move to the trench behind
a warehouse of the Nam Son Cooperative to ready the combat formation.
Observing the enemy fighters’ direction, Kenh
ordered the first volley to be fired, but the bullets missed their targets. The
militia team shortly learned from this and waited for the two aircraft to lower
to focus their attack on the front one. Braving a rain of bullets from the
enemy fighters, the militias still calmly waited for the planes to come within
the suitable range.
When the leading fighter just entered the right
range, under Kenh’s command, the team focused firing on it. Being hit by
bullets, the fighter burst into flames and crashed onto Cun Slope, causing a
big explosion that shook the entire mountain and forest, Doan Duc Tinh, a
member of the then Nam Son Cooperative’s militia team, recounted.
Not only being heroes in combat, the populace of
Thu Phong also helped safeguard many central agencies that evacuated to the
commune while actively working to ensure livelihoods and support the "great
front” in the south.
In peacetime, they have worked hard to develop
economy and enrich the homeland. In 2019, the local per capita income
approximated 31 million VND (over 1,300 USD at the current exchange rate), and
the household poverty rate was brought down to 3.9 percent. The commune has met
all criteria for a new-style rural area while people’s cultural and spiritual
life has also been improved continually./.
(HBO) - Trang (White) Bridge in Hoa Binh City in the northern province of the same name opened to traffic on June 22, more than a week ahead of schedule, after the contractor completed concreting the bridge surface a day earlier.
(HBO) – A feasibility study of Hoa Binh 2 Bridge project was approved by the People’s Committee of Hoa Binh province under Decision No. 2536 dated January 30, 2018.
(HBO) – Phase II of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) programme has been carried out by Hoa Binh province Farmers’ Association since 2019. It aims to raise capacity of forest growers, families, women, youths and people of ethnic minority groups, facilitating poverty reduction and climate change adaptation.
(HBO) - Since the beginning of the year, enterprises in Hoa Binh in particular and in the whole country in general have been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although departments, agencies and localities have made great efforts and synchronously implemented solutions to generate jobs for local labourers, the number of employed workers has remained low.
(HBO) - In response to Dispatch No. 414/MTTQ-BTT, issued on April 4, 2020, by the Standing Committee of Hoa Binh province’s chapter of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), on donation for the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 800 organisations and individuals have so far donated over 12.2 billion VND (523,773 USD) worth of money and goods.
(HBO) – A delegation comprising officials of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Committee, the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Women’s Union, the Farmers’ Union and the Federation of Labour of Hoa Binh province on June 11 examined the provision of aid for people facing difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Yen Thuy district.