|The dykes run along Phu Dinh Street from Phu Dinh Bridge to An Duong Vuong Street and along Ruot Ngua Canal. — Photo baoxaydung
HCM CITY (VNS) — HCM City's District 8 has completed two flood-prevention works that will save more than 42,000 people in Wards 7 and 16 and a part of District 6 from regular flooding caused by high tides.
One of them, in Ward 7, includes an eight-kilometre embankment between Ba Tang and Ba To Bridges, a one-way floodgate and a drainage system.
In Ward 16 there are two embankments against high tides and a sluice gate. The dykes run along Phu Dinh Street from Phu Dinh Bridge to An Duong Vuong Street and along Ruot Ngua Canal. There are pumps that can get rid of 23.33cu.m of water per second during downpours and high tides.
It is expected to prevent flooding caused by high tides on an area of around 500ha populated by more than 18,000 people in Kinh Duong Vuong, Ly Chieu Hoang, and Nguyen Van Luong streets in District 6.
The two works cost District 8 more than VND380 billion (US$18 million).
Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate them on Thursday, Le Huynh Dai, deputy chairman of the district People's Committee, said District 8 was often flooded by high tides because its terrain was low and it had 28 canals.
Wards 7 and 16 were surrounded by the Can Giuoc River and Tau Hu, Ba Tang, and Ruot Ngua canals, which flooded them during high tides and caused sufferings for locals, he said.
The two projects would save 24,000 people in the two wards from flooding, he added.
Nguyen Huu Tin, deputy chairman of the municipal People's Committee, instructed the city Department of Transport to assess the two projects and develop a model based on them for other areas. — VNS