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Dire need for flood-proof clusters in Tien Giang

Update: December, 20/2014 - 10:11
A house submerged by flood waters in Tan Phuoc District, Tien Giang Province. Local authorities have failed to provide enough flood-proof housing for vulnerable residents. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Tri.

TIEN GIANG (VNS)— Residents in the southern province of Tien Giang's Tan Phuoc District need more flood-proof housing than local authorities can supply, district People's Committee chairman Nguyen Thanh Phuoc said on Thursday while working with an inspection delegation from the Ministry of Construction led by Minister Trinh Dinh Dung.

The delegation also visited households in Tan Phuoc and Cai Be districts as part of an inspection of eight provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta often hit by floods.

After the inspection, the ministry would suggest the Government create proper policies for different localities, said Dung.

"Localities still meet difficulties in lending local residents funds to build flood-proof housing," he said.

Tran Phuong Nam, deputy director of the Tien Giang Department of Construction, said that the province had completed more than 514 flood-proof residential clusters with essential infrastructure such as roads, clean water and electricity. More than 400 households had already moved to the clusters.

The provincial authorities suggested the Government provide financial support to the province to build the clusters in 40 flood-prone spots.

Vu Xuan Thien, deputy director of the Real Estate Market and Housing Management Department, said that besides arranging land to build flood-proof residential clusters, the localities should ensure the existence of traffic, healthcare and education services in the clusters.

Minister Dung asked the Tien Giang authorities to pay more attention to speed up the clusters' building progress, set up dumping grounds and move local residents to the clusters. — VNS


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