|Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (second from right) inspects work to tackle landslides along Cua Dai Beach in the central Quang Nam Province. — Photo laodong.com.vn
QUANG NAM (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said drastic measures were needed to tackle the landslides along Cua Dai Beach in Quang Nam Province during his visit to the site yesterday.
Phuc asked relevant ministries and agencies to grant the central province VND40 billion (US$ 1.77 million) as soon as possible to build a 1.3km sea dyke along Cua Dai Beach.
Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Dinh Van Thu said the landslides had become more dangerous since early last month.
Landslides occurred just 200m from the road and reached restaurants and hotels along the coast, he said.
He said besides funding from the state budget, the province planned to spend about VND15 billion on building the sea dyke.
According to the agriculture and rural development ministry, landslides in estuaries or along the coast were serious and caused by climate change and human activities.
A representative of the natural resources and environment ministry said eight hydropower plants in the upper sections of Thu Bon River in the central region had changed the balance of mud and sand in the river's lower sections, causing coastal landslides.
Deputy PM Phuc asked relevant agencies to study the problem and propose solutions. He asked the local authority to take preventive measures to ensure the safety of people and property.
In a related development, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has granted VND361.76 billion ($16 million) to help 27 provinces across the country to tackle environment pollution.
The beneficiaries include the northern provinces of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Dien Bien and Lai Chau, besides Phu Tho; the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri, besides Thua Thien Hue; and the southern provinces of Dong Thap, An Giang, Ben Tre and Long An, besides Soc Trang. — VNS