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Sea encroachment threatens farmers

Update: March, 13/2013 - 09:51

THANH HOA (VNS)— Residents in central Thanh Hoa Province's Quang Cu commune are being threatened by sea encroachment which is claiming their properties and curbing production.

The sea has encroached 200m in some areas of Quang Cu Commune in Sam Son Town over the past three years. An average of 20m a year is recorded in other areas, swallowing 100ha of sand and casuarina forests, inundating houses and damaging hundreds of aquaculture farms.

Inland, salination is making it hard for farmers to find fresh water for crops.

Nguyen Van Thai, of Thanh Thang ward, told the Gia Dinh va Xa Hoi (Family and Society) newspaper that sea erosion had all wiped 300sq m of his aquaculture farm and he was having to look elsewhere for income.

Vice chairman of Sam Son town's People's Committee Hoang Van Truyen said authorities had tried to help locals by providing sandbags and bamboo stakes, and in 2010 a 50m embankment costing around VND3 billion (US$142,000). However, the measures proved fruitless, he said.

"Lack of capital has discouraged the local authorities from trying to solve the problem," Truyen said. — VNS

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