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City to open floodgates for 3rd time this year

Update: November, 02/2016 - 10:25
The floodgates of Dầu Tiếng Lake in Đồng Nai Province will be opened for the third time this year to ease rising flood waters, the HCM City Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has said. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vn

HCM CITY —  The floodgates of Dầu Tiếng Lake in Đồng Nai Province will be opened for the third time this year to ease rising flood waters, the HCM City Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has said.

Water in the lake will be released into the Sài Gòn River from 7am on November 3 to 7am on November 11, with a discharge flow of 150 – 200 m3/s, depending on the amount of rain over the next few weeks.

At 1pm on October 31, the water level in the lake was 24.4 metres high and was expected to increase by 5-10 centimetres a day.

Since floods have reached the third alert level, water from Dầu Tiếng Lake must be discharged to prevent flooding, Trần Quang Hùng, deputy director of Dầu Tiếng – Phước Hòa Irrigation Exploitation Company, said.

The company has told its staff to regularly inspect the level of water in Dầu Tiếng Lake and carefully monitor construction areas around the lake to ensure safety.

It has also asked authorities in HCM City and in Tây Ninh, Bình Dương and Long An provinces to stay alert during the water-discharge process and prepare for unexpected circumstances.

In case of heavy rains, water will be discharged into Vàm Cỏ Đông River in Tây Ninh Province as well as the Sài Gòn River. — VNS

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