Hanoi residents look to new homes


Pham Van De is a 73-year-old businessman living in a tiny 'tube' house in Hanoi's old quarter with his wife and 10 children and grandchildren.

The building has no mains water, no air-conditioning and no kitchen. Food is stored in a fridge in the living room next to the television.

Mr Pham runs his own paper business and his children have good jobs - one is an accountant. Years of chronic under-investment have left Vietnam with crumbling roads and buildings.

His is one of 40,000 families due to be re-housed. As Hanoi celebrates its 1000th anniversary the government is beginning a multi-million dollar programme to revamp the historic city centre and improve living conditions for ordinary people.

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