City centre seeks funding for flood prevention

Update: July, 03/2014 - 08:44

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Steering Centre for the Urban Flood-Control Programme has asked the HCM City People's Council to approve an additional 12 flood-prevention projects in the inner city.

The projects, which would cost a total of VND1.86 trillion (US$88.6 million), will improve water-drainage systems on several roads in Tan Binh District, Tan Phu District and District 2.

To eliminate flooding in the inner city, the centre has carried out many flood-prevention projects, and has dredged canals and cleared blocked drainage systems, according to Nguyen Ngoc Cong, deputy director of the steering centre.

Cong, who was speaking at a meeting with representatives of the city's People's Council's Economy and Budget Division on Thursday, said this had helped resolve 47 of 58 flood-prone sites in the inner city.

However, flood-prevention projects are behind schedule because of problems related to capital and implementation procedures.

This year, 22 flood-prevention projects in the city have been carried out.

Nguyen Van Lam, deputy head of the Economy and Budget Division, has asked departments and agencies to resolve any difficulties so that the projects remain on schedule.

The inner city covers a total area of about 108 sq km. Heavy rains and high tides have contributed to flooding in certain areas. — VNS