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Mekong tributaries flood Can Tho City

Update: October, 22/2013 - 08:05
Ninh Kieu Pier in Can Tho City submerged under flood waters. Water levels in the Tien and Hau rivers exceeded the highest level by 20-25cm on Sunday. — VNA/VNS Duy Khuong Photo
CUU LONG DELTA (VNS)  — Heavy rains, high tides and flooding over the past days have inundated many areas in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta's downstream provinces as well as Can Tho City.

In Can Tho, water levels in the Tien and Hau rivers, two tributaries of the Mekong River, exceeded the third warning level, the highest level, by 20-25cm on Sunday.

Many streets in Can Tho's central area have been submerged under more than 50cm of water over the past three days.

Flood waters have also inundated the National Highway 1 in Vinh Long Province's Binh Minh Town. In some sections, the highway is 40cm under water.

Water levels in the Delta's downstream areas will continue increasing over the next few days, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

The centre has urged flood-affected provinces to strengthen dykes, prepare pumps and inspect dykes around the clock to ensure safety for people and property in the coming days.

The Can Tho People's Committee has organised inspection teams to check dykes in Cai Rang, Binh Thuy, Ninh Kieu and Phong Dien districts.

In Binh Thuy's Son Islet, for instance, a five-kilometre long dyke with a height of 2.5 meters in Binh Thuy's Son Islet has been strengthened, ensuring safety for 85 resident households.

Bui Xuan Dinh, head of the Binh Thuy Irrigation Station, said flood control forces are working around the clock to promptly address any breach in the dyke.

In Phong Dien, local authorities have prepared 3,500 sandbags for a similar eventuality.

The Vinh Long Province Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has instructed local administrations to repair and upgrade rural roads, dykes and sluice gates to prevent further erosion caused by flood water.

Vinh Long now has six highly erosion-prone sites and 19,000ha of farming land threatened by high tides and floods.

In Tra Vinh Province, local authorities have strengthened dykes to protect houses and property in flood-prone areas this year.

In Hoa Tan Commune's An Loc Island in Cau Ke District, the commune has built a new 3,200m-long dyke and strengthened 1,500m of existing dykes to protect 100 households and 120ha of orchards.

The new measures have instilled confidence among the residents.

Nguyen Van Canh, who lives in Hoa Tan Commune, said that before the new dyke was built, people were constantly worried about the floods. "Now we do not worry and can focus on production." — VNS


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