|Saltwater intrusion is disrupting the daily lives of hundreds of local households in the central coast province of Binh Thuan— Illustrative image (Source: nld.com.vn)
BINH THUAN (VNS)– Saltwater intrusion is disrupting the daily lives of hundreds of local households in the central coast province of Binh Thuan.
Statistics from the People's Committee of La Gi Town show that Phuoc Loc Ward and Ho Tom Village have suffered the most from saltwater intrusion.
About 120 local houses have been threatened by saltwater intrusion in Ho Tom Village alone. Some of the households were reported to have moved out of the village.
Saltwater intrusion also threatens about 50 ha of shrimp farms, worth hundreds of million of dong in the village.
More than 2 ha of protected forest were hit by sea waves in the town's Tan Phuoc Commune, said Tran Khac Hai, chairman of the commune People's Committee.
While there was a 300 metre buffer between local houses and the coast in the past, sea water now floods several of these homes, he said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of houses have collapsed due to saltwater intrusion in Phan Thiet City.
The provincial People's Committee mobilised local people to use thousands of sand bags to improve the local dyke but this failed due to strong waves.
Binh Thuan has 192 kilometres of coastline, including six areas that are often eroded by strong waves. – VNS