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Delta takes action to protect people, crops

Update: August, 19/2014 - 10:14
Dong Thap and An Giang, the two hardest-hit provinces in the flooding season, are now completing the construction of flood-proof residential clusters.— Photo baodongthap

HCM CITY (VNS) — Upstream provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta have built dykes and flood-proof residential clusters to protect crops and ensure the safety of residents as the annual flooding season has produced higher than normal water levels.

Dong Thap and An Giang, the two hardest-hit provinces in the flooding season, are now completing the construction of flood-proof residential clusters.

The work is part of a national programme to build flood-proof residential clusters in the Delta.

Dinh Xuan Hoang, deputy director of the Dong Thap's Department of Construction, said the province had finished building 50 of 53 flood-proof residential clusters in the second phase of the programme.

The three remaining flood-proof residential clusters would be completed next month, he said.

Of the province's 14,231 families in flood-prone areas, 7,566 families have moved to live in flood-proof residential clusters.

In addition, Dong Thap is going to complete an additional seven flood-proof residential clusters in erosion-prone areas.

Nguyen Thanh Hung, deputy chairman of the Dong Thap People's Committee, said his committee had instructed localities to relocate households in these areas to safer ground.

Dong Thap, An Giang and Kien Giang provinces as well as Can Tho City have upgraded dykes to protect crops and have established more than 600 rescue groups to monitor dangerous sites and river intersections.

The provinces and Can Tho have set up hundreds of safe sites for children to stay during the day and have arranged for boats to take them to school.

They have also instructed farmers to plant this year's third rice crop in zoned areas.

Nguyen Van Cong, director of the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the farmers had planted rice on this zoned area but some had planted about 600 ha of paddy in unzoned areas.

Dong Thap's downstream areas had finished consolidating dykes to protect 30,000ha of fruits, he said.

On August 10, floodwaters caused a break of more than 20 meters long of a dyke in Hong Ngu District's Thuong Phuoc 1 Commune in Dong Thap.

The incident flooded 80ha of paddy and threatened another 300ha of paddy which were nearly ripe.

Nguyen Hoang Nhung, chairman of the Thuong Phuoc 1 Commune People's Committee, said local authorities had asked local soldiers and army members to help farmers harvest their flooded paddies.

This was the delta's first dyke break since the flooding season began early this month. — VNS

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