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People brace for rainy season, floods

Update: July, 21/2015 - 18:12
Oficials of Ca Mau Province are checking the dyke reinforcement work. — Photo kinhtetruong.vn 

CA MAU (VNS) — People in Tan Phu and U Minh districts of Ca Mau have been actively taking part in reinforcing sea dykes to prepare for the coming rainy season.

The 100km-long sea dyke in Khanh Binh Tay, Khanh Hai and Khanh Tien communes of the two districts has been severely damaged by sea waves, the local authority said.

Head of Ca Mau Province's irrigation department Nguyen Long Hoai said the dyke suffered damage and landslides regularly in the rainy season and stormy weather, causing environment pollution, saline intrusion and difficulties in transport and production.

The landslides affected the lives and production work of thousands of households.

This year, there were 30 cases of landslides in rivers and sea dykes in the province, causing losses of VND10 billion (US$480,000).

At present, simple measures such as use of sandbags against intrusion of seawater are being taken to prevent landslides and saline intrusion. But these are temporary and ineffective measures, a local resident said.

Building of embankments and planting of protective forests should be undertaken as long-term measures.

A VND1.3-trillion (US$59.5 million) project to upgrade the sea dyke in Ca Mau Province under the programme of adaption to climate change and rise of seawater levels has been approved. However, the capital will be allocated on a yearly basis.

Meanwhile, the people in An Giang, Dong Thap and Long An in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region have been taking necessary measures as the season of river floods approaches.

According to the Central Hydro-Meteorology Centre, the water level of the River Tien at Tan Chau station measured 1.37m, while the level of the River Hau at Chau Doc station was 1.43m.

The centre has forecast that the water level in the two rivers will rise up to 1.47m by July 24.

The local governments have taken several measures to protect people, property and crops. — VNS

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