threaten southern homes
|Floods cause serious
traffic jams last September on Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Binh Thanh
District in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Trang Duong
HCM CITY — Erosions
caused by strong winds and high-tides in the resort town of Phan Thiet in
central Binh Thuan Province have claimed more than 29 houses in a coastal ward
over the weekend, and at least another 70 are at risk.
More than 300 people have
had to be evacuated over the last few days to safer areas, the provincial
According to the Phan
Thiet Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, erosion caused by the high tides
continues to threaten hundreds of households in the two coastal wards of Phu Hai
and Duc Long.
"The city and ward
have delivered over 23,000 sandbags and 339sq.m of nylon nets to residents. The
city has also spent nearly VND100 million (US$5,800) on strengthening
embankments by planting cajeput stakes," said Duong Thi Dieu, chairwoman of
Duc Long Ward’s People’s Committee.
Over the past week, the
sea encroached nearly 20 metres inland on a 600metre stretch in Quarter 5 and
completely destroyed 29 houses in Duc Long Ward. Another 70 houses are under
threat, Dieu added.
She cautioned that
everything "that the city and ward administrations and residents are doing
is just a temporary solution. Long-term measures need to be taken into
consideration to avoid a repeat of this situation next year."
Duc Long Ward’s Party
Committee secretary Vo Van Ninh said the long-term measure would be to resettle
all households, who live near the coast and on river banks which have been
constantly threatened by rough weather.
Last year, 40 households
from Quarter 5 were resettled in the new Tien Thanh residential area in Tien Loi
Commune, and authorities plan to similarly relocate the remaining households.
Nearly 500 rescue workers,
along with local residents, worked all Sunday to put up temporary embankments
against the sea waves.
Earlier, three high tides
in as many months had destroyed dozens of houses in Phu Hai, Duc Long and Ham
Tien wards in Phan Thiet, evidence that erosion was posing a serious problem in
the coastal town.
The provincial, town and
ward administrations have focused efforts on helping affected residents
stabilise their lives on the threshold of the nation’s most important
Binh Thuan has adopted as
its motto: "All families have Tet and all people enjoy Tet".
Duc Long Ward has pledged
to arrange accommodation for every displaced household that has failed to build
The Binh Thuan Fatherland
Front has provided emergency support of VND1 million to each household, whose
house has been destroyed.
Some organisations and
companies from within and outside Binh Thuan have also contacted Phan Thiet and
offered to support affected households.
HCM City flooding
Hundreds of residents had
to run out their homes in a hurry in the early hours of Sunday morning as a
major dyke breach caused massive flooding in Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward.
The breach in the Mieu Ho
area of Thu Duc District was measured at 15-metres.
Flood waters rapidly
inundated a residential area of 40ha affecting over 200 households along Streets
No. 7 and 9, with levels as high as 1.3 metres in some places.
Many fishing ponds,
apricot gardens, paddy fields and other properties were also submerged.
Workers at the Nhon Hoa
Scales Company had to sleep on the staircase after their rented apartments were
Tables, chairs, fridges,
washing machines and other valuables belonging to many households floated in the
Nguyen Van Liem, owner of
a 3.8ha apricot garden, said that if the waters do not recede in few days, all
apricot plants would bloom early and his losses could go up to VND4 billion
Hoang Thinh Company, a
footwear producer, also suffered heavy losses as its warehouse was inundated.
Nguyen Nam Hai, vice
chairman of Hiep Binh Phuoc People’s Committee, said that the ward has
gathered necessary materials to repair the dyke section as soon as the waters
recede. — VNS