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Can Tho builds drainage systems

Update: December, 16/2014 - 09:53
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city will build drainage and irrigation systems to prevent flooding in the city's centre, and dredge 175 km of canals in outlying areas to improve drainage capacity from now to 2015. — Photo VNA

HCM CITY (VNS) — Can Tho City will spend VND8 trillion (US$380 million) to build flood prevention systems until 2020, according to Vo Thi Hong Anh, deputy chairwoman of the municipal People's Committee.

The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city will build drainage and irrigation systems to prevent flooding in the city's centre, and dredge 175 km of canals in outlying areas to improve drainage capacity from now to 2015.

The flooding situation in Can Tho has become serious since 2008 because of the impact of high tides, rains and floods caused by the rising level of the Mekong River in the rainy season, according to the Southern Irrigation Planning Institute.

Most districts in the city become flooded when there are high tides or heavy rains.

The central districts of Ninh Kieu and Binh Thuy are the hardest hit by flooding.

Many areas in the two districts are submerged 40-50 cm underwater for two to three hours when there are heavy rains or high tides.

The city has nearly 100 flood-prone spots, and of that number, Binh Thuy accounts for 63. — VNS

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