Viet Nam News
BẠC LIÊU — Two sea dykes in the Mekong Delta (Cửu Long) province of Bạc Liêu were badly damaged on Sunday and Monday by high tides, huge waves and strong winds, threatening the lives and properties of local residents.
In Bạc Liêu city, huge waves and powerful winds at speeds of level 8-9 damaged about 20m of the dyke along Nhà Mát Beach near Nhà Mát Border Post, flooding many houses near it.
Phạm Thị Liên, 63, a seafood seller at the beach, said: “At around 2am, while I and my son were sleeping, water rushed in. Many big waves buffeted our house. All the furniture in my house and motorbike was damaged. Hundreds of beers and other drinks, and tens of kilogrammes of fresh seafood were swept away.”
Local authorities quickly moved all the affected people to safe places. Others living in the vicinity were put on notice about moving in case of need.
In Gành Hào town huge waves damaged 20m of dyke at section G1, where it connects with the Gành Hào River dyke.
The waves swept away a six-tonne cement block, damaged a part of Rạch Vượt Bridge and caused many cracks in the sea dyke.
Seawater submerged streets and houses in the town as the tide rose.
The chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Dương Thành Trung, ordered local authorities and border guards to take immediate measures to safeguard life and property.
Agricultural officials should closely monitor changes in tides along Gành Hào and Nhà Mát beaches to take proactive protective measures during periods of peak tides every month, he said.
Specific plans based on experts’ advice would be drawn up to protect the areas from the sea, he said.
This has been the worst breach of the three times it has occurred since last year at the Gành Hào dyke, which is 11 years old.
Last year large parts of the G1 section of the Gành Hào dyke were damaged and have not been rebuilt yet.
Bạc Liêu is one of provinces in the Mekong Delta affected by climate change.
The two sea dykes have an important role in protecting thousands of households and tens of thousands of hectares of coastal lands. — VNS