|The Biên Hùng five-way intersection in Biên Hoà City often floods in the rainy season. Photo: tuoitre.vn |Viet Nam News
ĐỒNG NAI — The People’s Committee of Đồng Nai Province has approved a VNĐ458 billion (US$20.4 million) project to prevent flooding at the Biên Hùng five-way crossroads in Biên Hoà City.
The province’s Water Drainage Centre will carry out the project between 2016 and 2018.
Flooding occurs frequently at the Biên Hùng intersection, causing traffic jams and affecting people lives in the rainy season.
After a 15-20 minute heavy rain, the area is often flooded under 0.4-0.7 metres of water.
The Biên Hoà People’s Committee had asked the Đồng Nai Province People’s Committee to give budget priority to flood-prevention projects in Biên Hoà City.
Biên Hoà has 28 sites that regularly flood, including the Biên Hùng intersection, Nguyễn Ái Quốc Road and National Highway 51, according to the People’s Committee.
Other sites that often flood are the Đồng, Miễu, Tân Cang, Vườn Dừa and Tân Lập hamlets along the Buông River in Phước Tân Commune.
The major causes of flooding in Biên Hoà are rapid urbanisation, littering, construction works that illegally reclaim canals and drainage systems, and outdated sewage systems.
The province’s Party Secretary Nguyễn Phú Cường has told authorities in Biên Hoà to dredge canals and streams this month to prevent flooding.
Authorities were also urged to apply sanctions against companies responsible for construction works that illegally encroach on canals and drainage systems.
Đồng Nai said it would borrow foreign loans for more flood-prevention projects. — VNS