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Sea encroachment threatens Tien Giang residential areas

Update: August, 12/2015 - 15:00
A protection forest in Go Cong Dong District has been encroached by the sea. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Tri

TIEN GIANG — Encroachment by the sea has caused soil erosion, threatening residential areas and crops in the coastal Go Cong area in the southern Tien Giang Province.

Vice-Chairwoman of Go Cong Dong District People's Committee Huynh Thi To said at least 47 households in the district's Tan Thanh Commune needed to be evacuated because of the threat of landslides.

The sea had encroached a 1.2km-stretch of land extending from the commune's Tan Phu hamlet to Tan Thanh sluice, damaging aquaculture farms and 22 houses, she said.

More encroachment has occurred along a 1.3km-long, 20m to 30m-wide area from Van Binh An tourist area to Cau Muong hamlet.

To said high tides and strong winds had increased the encroachment.

"Local residents failed to control the encroachment despite taking measures," she said.

To said the district People's Committee planned to relocate households in the affected areas to ensure safety, particularly during the stormy season.

The provincial agriculture and rural development department was also preparing programmes for resettlement and to deal with climate change impacts. — VNS

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