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City drainage not yet ready for heavy rain

Update: May, 13/2010 - 09:15

HCM CITY — Flooding in HCM City in the coming rainy season is expected to be more severe because most drainage projects have not been completed, project managers say.

The city has four big ongoing drainage projects, the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Basin's environment clean-up project, the East-West Highway and Water Environment project, the city's urban enhancement project and Hang Bang Canal project.

Phan Hoang Dieu, director of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Project's management board, said new culverts had been installed under most streets, but would be connected to the city's common drainage system until 2011.

However, some culverts have been linked to the system on Nguyen Van Troi and Dinh Tien Hoang streets.

Installation work during the last phase of the East-West Highway and Water Environment project is expected to be completed next year. This work is on Mac Cuu, Nguyen Bieu, Tran Binh Trong and Huynh Man Dat streets.

"Even though many culverts have been installed upstream for these projects, there is still work to be done with the outlets, so the upstream culverts aren't effective at this time," Dang Ngoc Hoi, section head of the project's management board, told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper.

The Hang Bang Canal Project, which is expected to deal with flooding in Districts 6, 11, Tan Binh, Tan Phu and Binh Tan, is still in its first phase. The city's Steering Centre for Anti-flooding Programme said the city's drainage system in more than 100 areas has been blocked by construction work of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Project and Water Environment project.

The projects have stopped water flow to complete work. If these areas are not unblocked the centre warned that many areas in the city's inner District 1 would flood during the rainy season. — VNS

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