Updated  
October, 02 2012 10:14:29

Delta prepares for climate fight

HCM CITY (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a water conservation programme for the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta from 2012 to 2020.

The programme, with orientation until 2050, aims to help the region face climate change challenges including rising sea levels.It covers 3.96 million ha in all the 12 delta provinces of Long An, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Ben Tre, An Giang, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and Kien Giang as well as Can Tho City.

The programme is expected to benefit 32 million residents (estimated for 2050) in the delta, 12 million of them in coastal areas and the remaining 20 million people residing in flood-prone areas.

A total investment of VND171.7 trillion (over US$8.2 billion) is required to implement projects under the scheme.

This includes VND85.26 trillion ($4.1 billion) for irrigation works in the area between the Tien and Hau rivers; VND37.78 trillion ($1.8 billion) for the Ca Mau Peninsula; VND33.98 trillion ($1.6 billion) for the area to the left of the Tien River; VND13.44 trillion ($646 million) for the Long Xuyen Quadrilateral; and VND1.22 trillion ($58 million) for irrigation works on islands in the region.

The irrigation works will include sea and river embankments, canals, reservoirs, flood-control facilities, spillways and flood-control dams. — VNS

Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

Authorities step in to save old trees 1    Authorities step in to save old trees

The Ha Noi People's Committee has asked Ha Noi Urban Railway Management Unit to try to avoid chopping down many old trees to make way for a future metro line.

Young travellers rescue bus accident victims Young travellers rescue bus accident victims

A group of 16 young Vietnamese motorbikers were first on the scene at last Monday's tragic bus accident on its way from the resort town of Sa Pa, which killed 13 of the 50 passengers on a sleeper bus.

Capital's new urban areas still without safe tap water Capital's new urban areas still without safe tap water

People living in apartment buildings of the capital's new urban areas are expressing concern over poor-quality tap water.

Minister acts on highway peril Minister acts on highway peril

The Ministry of Transport has urged Lao Cai People's Committee to co-ordinate the completion of the highway linking Noi Bai airport with Lao Cai and the resort town of Sa Pa.

VN film triumphs at Venice festival VN film triumphs at Venice festival

A film by Vietnamese female director Nguyen Hoang Diep beat seven other foreign debut features to win the Best Film prize at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival's International Critics' Week.