A local house is damaged by a landslide along the Năm Căn riverbank in Cà Mau Province. – Photo baomoi.com
Viet Nam News
CÀ MAU – The southernmost Cà Mau Province’s People’s Committee has asked the Government to provide VNĐ120 billion (US$5.3 million) in funds to move locals from landslide areas to new residential areas.
The funds will be used to build new residential areas for households living in erosion-prone areas along the sea in Đất Mũi Commune and Ngọc Hiển District.
Under the plan, some 500 out of 2,000 households will be relocated to new areas, Tô Quốc Nam, deputy director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said.
Due to difficulties in obtaining capital, the province has only relocated some 1,000 households at high risk from disasters to safe areas.
According to Nam, coastal districts in the province always suffered the worst impact of climate change. Năm Căn, Ngọc Hiển and Đầm Dơi districts, in particular, were hit by landslides at different levels.
Nguyễn Long Hoa, chief of the provincial Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue Department, said heavy rains have caused many landslides in the region.
Since the beginning of the year, 540m of land has been eroded and 43m of riverbank has collapsed, affecting over 320ha of aquaculture, property and residents’ lives. Provincial authorities do not yet have specific statistics on the extent of damage caused by the natural disaster. – VNS