CẦN THƠ – Cần Thơ on May 27 began construction of an erosion prevention embankment on the right bank of the Ô Môn River in Ô Môn District’s Thới An Ward.
The work consists of a 950m embankment, a four- metre wide road inside it, pavements, and water drainage and lighting systems.
To cost VNĐ114.5 billion (US$4.96 million) it is funded by the central and local governments.
Nguyễn Qúi Ninh, head of the city Irrigation Sub-department, said when the project is completed in May 2023 it would help prevent erosion in the ward and help beautify it.
The Ô Môn is a major river in Cần Thơ and plays an important part in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta city’s waterway transport.
A large number of ships, especially big ones, travel on it, creating strong waves that slam into the banks and cause erosion.
The bank in Thới An Ward has been eroded many times in recent years, causing dozens of houses to collapse into the water.
The city is also building a 430m erosion-prevention embankment at the junction of the Ô Môn River and Rạch Tra Canal in Thới Lai District’s Thới Thạnh Commune at a cost of VNĐ49 billion ($2.1 million).
The work began last September and is expected to be finished in August this year.
It was envisaged after erosion severely damaged a primary school, an old pagoda and a road in the vicinity of the junction. – VNS