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City families shifted for embankment works

Update: October, 02/2013 - 08:57
Authorities in HCM City's Binh Thanh District plan to relocate six households to build an embankment as part of works to prevent erosion along the Thanh Da Canal.— Photo nld

HCM CITY (VNS)— Authorities in HCM City's Binh Thanh District plan to relocate six households to build an embankment as part of works to prevent erosion along the Thanh Da Canal.

Work to build 1km of embankment began in July 2012 at an estimated cost of VND60 billion (US$2.86 million).

The families asked to move out will be provided with apartments, and the local People's Committee hopes they will move by tomorrow.

The project, managed by the Inland Waterway Authority, was originally scheduled for completion in a year, but problems related to land acquisition have delayed it, and the work is unlikely to be finished this year, the People's Committee said.

Vulnerable to erosion

Erosion of river and canal banks has occurred frequently in the city in recent years, while erosion-prevention projects have been tardy.

In the first six months of this year, there were 13 such cases, mostly in the outlying districts of Nha Be, Can Gio, Thu Duc, and District 9, according to the city Steering Committee for Storm and Food Control and Prevention, Rescue and Research.

They have sent 4,000sq.m of land and five houses plunging into the water.

Nine houses and embankments have collapsed partly, with 86 meters of construction falling into rivers and canals.

The city People's Committee has instructed relevant districts to make plans to move households out of erosion-prone areas. But this work too has been tardy due to several reasons, including shortage of funds.

There are now more than 60 vulnerable spots, according to the Inland Waterway Authority.

Tran Van Giau, deputy director of the authority, said plans for 11 new preventive are basically complete, but funding remains problematic.

The new projects are unlikely to be implemented soon, he admitted. —VNS

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