A portion of dyke in the western coast of Cà Mau. The province faces severe erosion along the coast, affecting agriculture and the lives of people. – VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Anh
CÀ MAU – The southernmost province of Cà Mau is speeding up the process of building 26km of embankments along its eastern and western coasts to check erosion.
They are estimated to cost a total of VNĐ890 billion (US$38.5 million), which will come from the Government and other sources, according to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
With three sides along the sea and a coastline of 254km, the province has faced severe erosion because of the impact of climate change.
A total of 150 km of coast has been eroded since 2007, which has caused a loss of around 450ha of land and forests annually.
It has affected agricultural production and 10,000 households living inside dykes because of the impacts of saltwater intrusion and pollution.
The western coast has 47km of erosion, including 24km of dangerously eroded areas, and it is 57km and 40km in the east.
The province has built 23km of embankments at a cost of VNĐ857 billion ($37 million) in the two locations since 2016. – VNS